RhymeDesign: A Tool for Analyzing Sonic Devices in Poetry


The analysis of sound and sonic devices in poetry is the focus of much poetic scholarship, and poetry scholars are becoming increasingly interested in the role that computation might play in their research. Since the nature of such sonic analysis is unique, the associated tasks are not supported by standard text analysis techniques. We introduce a formalism for analyzing sonic devices in poetry. In addition, we present RhymeDesign, an open-source implementation of our formalism, through which poets and poetry scholars can explore their individual notion of rhyme.


Nina McCurdy, Vivek Srikumar, Miriah Meyer
RhymeDesign: A Tool for Analyzing Sonic Devices in Poetry
Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature, NAACL HLT, 2015.


We are deeply grateful for the participation of our poetry collaborators, Professor Katherine Coles and Dr. Julie Lein, throughout this project. Thanks to Jules Penham who helped us test the RhymeDesign interface and gathered test data for the evaluation. This work was funded in part by NSF grant IIS- 1350896 and NEH grant HD-229002.

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