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).

Key features

  • 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.

Coming Soon

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: Laetitia Pilkington, John Philips, Mary Barber, William Diaper, Anne Finch, William Cowper);
  • closer integration of the analytical layers supporting the close reading process.

Featured Work

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Thomas Tickell, On the Prospect of Peace. In A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763, p. [3].