Still on my quest of looking at corpus linguistics and poetry, I became interested in the Wmatrix software developed by Paul Rayson at Lancaster University, UK. http://ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/wmatrix/
I’m particularly interested in the semantic tagging capabilities of this software and thought I would share some early results.
First of all, I loaded the poem to look at the semantic fields, and obtained this:
From there, I started to look at the concordance lines for each semantic field, start with the most prominent, ‘Anatomy and physiology’:
By being able to arrange the concordance lines into such a set, the authors focus and intentions become much more visible.
The next most prominent semantic group is ‘light’, which contained the following concordance lines:
The inclusiveness expressed in these lines is quite prominent.
Semantic tagging! I’ll keep digging.