Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive
The Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive — ECPA — is a collaborative digital archive and research project devoted to the poetry of the long eighteenth century. ECPA builds on the electronic texts created by the Text Creation Partnership from Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).
- browse authors by names, dates of birth, or gender;
- browse works ( text versions) by titles, first lines, themes, or genres;
- view high-quality digital facsimiles of select source editions of the texts used by ECPA;
- use the built-in digital tools to augment the close reading process of individual poems;
- contribute and share textual notes and glosses, readings and interpretations, observations and suggestions, via easy-to-use forms (just click on any line or word);
- use the collaborative potential in the classroom to increase student engagement with the texts;
- use the resources (chronology, gallery, and bibliography) to enhance your studies.
ECPA is currently released in beta and is being constantly updated. Follow ECPA on Twitter to be kept informed of developments. Upcoming enhancements include:
- increasing the number of authors represented (currently in preparation: Anne Finch, William Cowper, Mary Robinson, James Thomson);
- closer integration of the analytical layers supporting the close reading process.
Works in ECPA
- DRYADES; or, The Nymphs Prophecy. A POEM. ()
- [Nereides:] TO Mr. CONGREVE. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue I. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue II. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue III. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue IV. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue V. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue VI. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue VII. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue VIII. Proteus. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue IX. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue X. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue XI. Eune. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue XII. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue XIII. ()
- [Nereides:] Eclogue XIV. ()
- OPPIAN's HALIEUTICKS Part I. OF THE NATURE of FISHES. In Two Books ()
- Nereides: or Sea-Eclogues. London: Printed by J. H. for E. Sanger, at the Post-House, at the Middle-Temple-Gate in Fleetstreet, 1712. x, 69 p. (ESTC T126092)
- Dryades; or, The Nymphs Prophecy. A Poem. By Mr. Diaper. London: printed for Bernard Lintott at the Cross-Keys between the Two Temple-Gates, Fleet-Street, 1713. 34p. (ESTC T1006)
- Oppian's Halieuticks of the Nature of Fishes and Fishing of the Ancients: In V. Books. Translated from the Greek, with an Account of Oppian's Life and Writings and a Catalogue of his Fishes. Part I (Books I and II). Oxford: Printed at the THEATRE, An. Dom. MDCCXXII., 1722. ,13,232,p. (ESTC T139002)
William Diaper, who was the son of Joseph Diaper of Somersetshire, was born in Bridgwater in 1685. He entered Balliol College, Oxford, in 1699, graduating BA in 1705. He took holy orders in 1709 and became a curate in the parish of Brent. In 1712 he published Nereides, or, Sea-Eclogues, a reimagination of the pastoral in a sea world, which he dedicated to William Congreve. Shortly afterwards, Bernard Lintot published Diaper's Dryades; or, The Nymph's Prophecy (1713), a georgic poem. By this time, Diaper had made contacts in London literary circles, and he came under the patronage of Swift and Bolingbroke. In 1714 Diaper became curate in Dean, near Basingstoke, and also at Crick, Northamptonshire. He was working on a translation of Oppian's Halieuticks, a Greek work on fish and fishing, when he died in 1717. His completed two books of the translation were published with three further books, translated by John Jones, a Fellow of Balliol, in 1722.
Broughton, Dorothy. The Complete Works of William Diaper. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1951. Print.
Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 100. Print.
Supplements to Dodsley's Collection of Poems. Occasional Publication, No. 15. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1980. 102. Print..
Radcliffe, David H., ed.
Rev. William Diaper (1686-1717). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/AuthorRecord.php?recordid=32964.
William Diaper and two others imitate Swift imitating Horace. Swift Studies 10 (1995): 26-36. Print.
Passmann, Dirk F. and Hermann J. Real.
From 'Mossy Caves' to 'Rowling Waves': William Diaper's Nereides: or, Sea-Eclogues. Firchow, Peter E. and Hermann J. Real, eds., The Perennial Satirist: Essays in Honour of Bernfried Nugel. Münster, Germany: Lit, 2005. 29-47. Print.
Faery lore and 'The Rape of the Lock'. Review of English Studies 25 (1974): 25-38. Print.