English Poetry Full-Text Database
English Verse Drama

The University of Minnesota Libraries subscribes and provides access to the English Poetry Full-Text Database (EPFTD), which includes the nondramatic verse of some 1,350 poets who wrote between 600 A.D. and 1900 A.D.—mostly those identified by The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 5 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969-1972), supplemented by some materials ignored by the NCBEL.

The entire database, or any section of it, can be searched electronically for any word or phrase. The texts include structural information (volume divisions, stanza divisions, lineation) coded in the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML).

Direct internet access to the contents of the database (as mounted on a file server at the University of Michigan) is available to users who have University of Minnesota e-mail accounts; access is password-restricted.

A similar arrangement has been made for the database English Verse Drama, which contains "more than 2,000 works by around 450 named authors [including Shakespeare, in early editions] and approximately 230 anonymous works, from the Shrewsbury Fragments of the late thirteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century."

Published reviews and other accounts of the first and revised editions of English Poetry Full-Text Database include, in chronological order:

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Michael Hancher
Department of English, University of Minnesota
URL: http://mh.cla.umn.edu/englpodb.html
Comments to: mh@umn.edu
Created 29 April 1995
Last revised 5 July 2002