First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Analysing Poems using a Computer


The use of computers for the study of literary works has been a major part of humanities research for many years – especially in areas such as concordances or word lists. This seminar illustrates how, by using a variety of free online tools students can gain a quick insight into certain uses of language by the poets of the Fist World War.

Technical Requirements

To use this tutorial you simply need to be connected to the internet via a web browser, to be able to download a text document and open it in a word-processor, and to know how to ‘cut and paste’. At various points you will be taken to online text analysis tools and asked to ‘cut and paste’ the text of the poems into a window in a web browser.

Information about the text used

The texts used for this tutorial is drawn from the collections contributed to the project by ProQuest.