Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive
The Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive — ECPA — is a peer-reviewed, award-winning 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;
- consult the resources (chronology, gallery, bibliography, etc.) for your further engagement with the field.
ECPA is currently released in beta and is being constantly updated (end of beta is May 2019). Follow ECPA on Twitter to be kept informed of developments. Upcoming updates include:
- increasing the number of authors and works represented (currently in preparation: Mary Alcock, Robert Burns, John and Charles Wesley);
- implementing a number of adapted and original visualizations in our visualization view (2018-ongoing);
- exploring formal ontological modelling techniques, using domain ontologies such as CIDOC-CRM and POSTDATA, in our modelling view (expected 2019).
Works in ECPA
- THE CUB, AT NEW-MARKET. ()
- An ELEGY on the Death of an amiable YOUNG LADY. ()
- LYCIDAS to MENALCAS. ()
- ODE TO TRAGEDY. ()
- ODE. ()
- An elegy on the death of an amiable young lady. With an epistle from Menalcas to Lycidas. To which are prefixed, three critical recommendatory letters. Edinburgh: printed by A. Donaldson and J. Reid. For Alex. Donaldson, 1761. 24p.; 4⁰. (ESTC T32518; OTA K035585.000)
- An ode to tragedy. By a gentleman of Scotland. Edinburgh: printed by A. Donaldson and J. Reid. For Alex. Donaldson MDCLXI, 1761. 12p.; 4⁰. (ESTC T71923; OTA K060978.000)
- The cub, at Newmarket: a tale. London: printed for R. and J. Dodsley, 1762. 24p.; 4⁰. (ESTC T53403; OTA K048041.000)
- Ode by Dr. Samuel Johnson to Mrs. Thrale, upon their supposed approaching nuptials. London: printed for R. Faulder, 1784. 16p.; 4⁰. (ESTC T2407; OTA K021475.000)
McFarland, Ronald E.
Considering Boswell's poetry. New Rambler 23 (1982): 30-40. Print.
Newman, Donald J.
Boswell's Poetry: The Comic Cohesion of a Fragmented Self. Newman, Donald J., ed. James Boswell: Psychological Interpretations. New York: St. Martin's, 1995. 165-187. Print.