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English Poetry: 600-1900 (Chadwyck-Healey)

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The English Poetry database provides access to the full text of the works of more than 1,250 poets from 600 to 1900. The database contains over 165,000 poems drawn from 4,500 printed sources. It is, in essence, a database of the complete English poetic canon from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the nineteenth century. The works of all poets, both major and lesser-known, are included. Any accompanying text written by the poet and forming an integral part of the poem, such as dedications, notes, arguments and epigraphs, is also generally included.

The bibliographic basis of the English Poetry Database is the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, Cambridge University Press, 1969-72 (NCBEL). The database includes the works of those writers listed as poets by NCBEL, those writers whose main entry appears under another genre, but who are cross-referenced to Poetry and a few additional writers of poetry not cross-referenced. Works in English of Welsh, Scottish and Irish poets are included.

The collection was last updated on March 16, 1996. This most recent update from the publisher ("final release") provides several missing poems (e.g., Young's Night Thoughts), removes several duplicates, and corrects errors noted in the last release.

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