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  • George Dance

    September 2015

    December 28, 2015 by George Dance

    Poetry is one of the leading poetry magazines in the United States and the world. It began in 1912, after Harriet Monroe convinced 100 Chicagoans to pledge $50 a year for five years to support a magazine. The magazine has published continuously until the present day.

    Due to the ongoing extension of U.S. copyright, only the first 10 years of Poetry are in the public domain. Those were all added onto the web by Bartleby.com aa Poetry: A magazine of verse, 1912-1922. The Bartleby archive consists of an impressive 2,600 poems, many by such acknowledged masters as , Ezra Pound, Rabindranath Tagore, William Carlos Williams, Yvor Winters, and William Butler Yeats.

    Our most current project, running through the summer, has been to add links to as many of…

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  • George Dance

    May 2015

    September 6, 2015 by George Dance

    It has been 14 months since the last blog post, in March 2014. At that time, we were celebrating completion of our newest project: adding links to all the poets' articles featured on The Poetry Archive. Two weeks later, TPA changed its database, and all the URL's changed along with it, making our work next to useless. At around the same time, Poets.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets (which we had added not long before), did the same thing.

    So what to do? We could have gone back and painstakingly redone those links; but that would have meant a couple of months in which no new articles were added or old ones upgraded: lost time, and no fun. Accordingly, Penny and I came up with a different plan: Since the bulk of poets with tho…

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  • George Dance

    March 2014

    May 18, 2015 by George Dance

    The Poetry Archive is a free, web-based library formed to hold recordings of English language poets reading their own work. The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit registered charity.

    The Poetry Archive was founded by recording producer Richard Carrington and poet Andrew Motion, during Motion's tenure as Poet Laureate of the United KIngdom, in 1999.Recordings of contemporary work began in 2000, and the site went live in 2005.

    The archive was established as a web-based library to ensure that the oral record of modern poets is not lost, (as it has been with writers such as Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence and A.E. Housman whose voices were never recorded, despite the technology being available at the time). The resource is built on the idea that poe…

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  • George Dance

    On December 15, we did it; we finished upgrading all 500 of the PPP articles on 19th-century poets, a mammoth task that had occupied most of 2013. Now most of those articles are illustrated; have comprehensive bibliographies, linked as far as possible to the poets' actual books online; have expanded external links, to both poems and biographical information; and carry up-to-date Persondata and VIAF information.

    The 19th century saw an enormous expansion in the number of poets publishing work. Because the bulk of that work is in the public domain, a tremendous amount of it is online; and now Penny's Poetry Pages links to most of it. I can say with pride that PPP is now the best source for poems by and information on the English-language poe…

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  • George Dance

    In September and October the primary project remained that of revising updating and linking the bibliographies of the 19th-century poets. WorldCat remained the best source for the first, and Internet Archive for the second; but Penny and I continue to stumble over new resources. One I particularly remember was the Edgar Allan Poe Society, whose website made it possible to update our Edgar Allan Poe article by linking all the works published in the author's lifetime; but there have been several others, all acknowledged by links in the respective articles.

    In the process, I have also been adding external links, particularly poems, from sites as diverse as PoemHunter and An American Anthology 1787-1900 (no article yet, but I hope to write one s…

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  • George Dance

    July / August 2013

    November 24, 2013 by George Dance

    July marked the second anniversary of PPP, but the occasion went unnoticed; Penny and I had too much work to do.

    The major project continued to be revising already-posted articles on poets (especially those from 2011), to bring them up to present standards. As noted in the last message, we are concentrating on:

    • Bibliography: adding publishers' information, new books, or even entire bibliographies as needed, to each poets' publications. We are still using WorldCat to compile unique bibliographies, which seems even more essential than ever; even where we instead use an authoritative source like the Poetry Foundation, we find some books that weren't added.
    • Book links: We are not just adding lists of books, but live-linking them as much as possib…
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  • George Dance

    May / June 2013

    September 13, 2013 by George Dance

    In May, we finally finished the project of transferring American English-language poets' articles from Wikipedia to PPP. Before that was completed, though, Penny or I discovered that a large bunch of the Canadian transfer project had been skipped; and it took the rest of May and most of June to finish that as well.

    The last bit of June was spent going in a new direction. Rather than transfer (and bring up to standard) more articles, on more obscure writers, we began reviewing and upgrading the articles already on PPP.

    Beginning with 19th-century poets, we are reviewing every poets' article, with the aim of bringing it up to standard in these areas:

    • Bibliography: We are adding publishers' information, new books, or even entire bibliographies …
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  • George Dance

    March / April 2013

    July 24, 2013 by George Dance

    March and April were busy months on PPP, so much so that we didn't even want to spare time for a community message in March.

    The biggest area of interest was, once again, the "About Poets" module, and the largest project there was (once again) importing and improving the redlinked articles on our List of U.S. poets. By the end of April, we had worked through "S" on that list. For authors with work in the public domain, we linked their books on Project Gutenberg and Internet Archive. That brought in a host of new writing by new poets, such as Elizabeth C. Kinney, Charles Warren Stoddard, and William Wetmore Story, to name a few that I still remember. For everyone else, we added as many poetry links as we could find, from our new resource sit…

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    [http://hellopoetry.com/poem/on-a-may-glory-a-welcome-song/ On A May Glory---------A Welcome Song]

    O' sprite full Maia,come attire our lands with your boundless prize,
    Of joyful swelling by the natures pleasing bloom,and green surprise;
    To sprout a floral bedding round the yards and shades for worthy dales--
    For birds to spin their adorned bowers over the dewy boughs and vales.
    Hail! to you goddess--deck the forest's lingering beauty,thus come---
    Let streams do flow across the thick and bushy meadows over your prime,
    For hawthorn white and lilies to bud,and converse fragrance in air,
    To wind down our minds with breezes blow,groovy lift's cools us lighter.
    Mid mate of months---come and show your primeval splendor and glee---
    While south is praising vi…








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  • George Dance

    February 2013

    April 8, 2013 by George Dance

    In February I received a message, asking, "Why don't you have more poems?" I thought that was fair comment and deserved a reply. However, since it was not added as a comment, but placed in an article, I couldn't reply to it where it was; instead I had to erase all traces of the question's existence.

    The more I thought about the question, the more I realized that it can be answered a number of ways; which is why, finally, I decided that the answer would take up most of this month's Community Message.

    1) The shortest answer is that we're still too new. Originally I conceived PPP as having 3 modules: About poetry (articles on how to read and write poetry), About poets (articles on poetry history, schools and movements, and individual poets, and…

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    So, When I enforced my winged art, 
    It lets me float high, , I write! 
    To combat my lighten heart, 
    Thus, made my youth bright and accurate. 

    Nithin purple

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    For Birds

    March 17, 2013 by Poet Nithin Purple

    They freedom lovers, breeze waft those mighty wings, 
    Swiftly moving aloft in a 'pulsar 'pace! , 
    That view enraptured me, and my enchanted feelings, 
    How fortunate are they in gravitational ace, 

    And I your eager watcher, or felt a birder be; 
    They black, white and of brilliant gray color mixed, 
    What brain holds you, what imagination yours be; 
    To slip and drift from bough to boughs, assaying nectar or weed? 

    Some are diurnal, sparrows, some are of owls, and of Nightjars, 
    And your varying gestures, teeth less swallowing, 
    What Surprisal nest you weave, to lay eggs to hide them in bar's; 
    Or your eye in god gives them Becharmed warming.

    Bird, your beauty never- know our human dirge, 
    But we on Earth real- know how fagged is yours. 

    Nithin purple

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    A Glide

    March 17, 2013 by Poet Nithin Purple

    Doves of joy, Twilight spun hopes, 
    Sunny scented coming bliss; 
    Angels of lustful eyes, soulful fairies, 
    I glide; A glide unto heavens brightness. 

    Nithin purple

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    A swim Unto high waves of imagination, 
    So seriousness blends with inspiring wine; 
    Drink of silence made infusion, 
    That mind grows soft then thick and aflame.
    Its yard is adorned with hope full merry; 
    Ward of profound, born new sublime, 
    A seduced aggression is it being imaginary; 
    That wakes me from seven seas of prime. 

    Nithin purple

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    To Her Beauty

    March 17, 2013 by Poet Nithin Purple

    If 'beauty' Be the self satisfied pride she bears, 
    Each Fly do wing around her cherubic sweet face, 
    As they; lovers seek what her anonymous covers, 
    And dream them in a transient trace.
    When 'beauty', a self possessed pride, you Worn, 
    Each fly does wing around your wilt grace, 
    As what lovers opine, 'how your beauty haste flown; 
    As falls the man in his transient race'. 

    Nithin purple

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    On Melancholy

    March 17, 2013 by Poet Nithin Purple

    O 'melancholy, your hectic chill for human's soul, 
    You with your dismal presence, any spirit does descent; 
    unto dreams of tranquil, restful, 
    moist, and sometimes of direful views they went.
    Enigmatic woven waves are your curls, 
    You traverse in each mystery we bent; 
    where life is few configured amid wild whirls; 
    Until deaths, mild eyes meet us in an airy haunt. 

    Nithin purple

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    On Desire

    March 17, 2013 by Poet Nithin Purple

    No rules ne'er rest your pinions, but low hope; 
    To wake my wondrous thought's in many and many
    And your wander alters minds madden swipe.
    Your cottage fill of dreams, of freshness wing, 
    Which power brake your noble flow, and how? 
    O' my sweet, sweetly touch; when ever you sing! 
    Let me spread your secret cipher, with emotes, 
    Most colored yours, still man needs you, do you? 
    So, though he mortal sleep in still your shades, 
    With somber ideas here, too far wish I glide
    From this world -sour with hopeful Ecstasy
    Let soul is pure, but Here is mine that fade
    Misfortune leads despair with fear desires, 
    Your beauty utterly falls; nothing wakes? 

    Nithin purple

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  • Poet Nithin Purple

    If ruth, a king like guest in we well move, 
    In fact do guide we, this green wide globe, 
    This comrade godly he, and tell him prove
    A stranger he, who captures bleak and doom
    His arms do comfort depress and regrets
    If truth is true, and mercy heart each bloom
    Dear soul, you golden leaf from heaven's art, 
    And pour you bliss to whom who seek full sense
    Yet gloom is man, how heavy his mind cart.
    How Fair your Shelter, which exclude sorrow, 
    You sore in pain, and supplies endless spring, 
    Inspirit's my world with joyous, tender shadow
    Compassion you for life, you melt in each dream-
    Of trouble and save us my father do.

    Nithin purple

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  • George Dance

    January 2013

    March 9, 2013 by George Dance

    What a difference a J makes! In January I changed my byline, from George Dance to George J. Dance. That doesn't sound like that big a deal; but on PPP it meant going over 250 articles one by one, which took more than half the month. On the plus side, that gave me a chance to review all of those articles of mine, some of which had been posted back at the start in 2011, and bring them up to the current standard: reformatting bibliographies (including adding Internet Archive links to the public domain works), adding more external links where possible, ensuring these articles were on the Lists of Poets and vice versa, and rereading and rewriting in general. Every article had to be read, which may explain why it took so long.

    Another week was sp…

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  • George Dance

    December 2012

    February 13, 2013 by George Dance

    In December we put on a push to finish the Poetry Foundation inputting by year end. We came up a bit short, getting only to the letter W. That was enough, though, to bring the wiki up to 7,500 articles and 1,400 pictures.   

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  • Nithin Purple

    To Pride

    January 21, 2013 by Nithin Purple
    To pride

    Let me freeze not in this untidy world of Vain;
    Where man craft his inflated sense and status,
    Love has its bloomed flowers only in strain ,
    And lots their mind ill alerted is obvious.
    False pride, do you  judge your yield;
    Your's, an embalmer moving, odious;
    Your's  Man birth and its quick withering wild,
    And worth, you the desert, bow only your knees to immortal pious

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  • Nithin Purple

    Absolute Divine

    January 20, 2013 by Nithin Purple

             Absolute Divine

    Then I sharpened my wings for a prissy flight,

    Through powerful Light that Heavenly be;

    And that one moment that relived from my sinful drought,

    That appealed for many longer years, than brightness I ever probe.

    Sit with you now, and inhaling your songs and verse;

    Of serene that borrows your vibe,

    Blessed within me my 'maker'; the ensuring 'sacred rose'

    Of love, that he my life can subscribe.

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  • Nithin Purple

    To Her Beauty

    January 20, 2013 by Nithin Purple

                           To Her Beauty

    If 'beauty' Be the self satisfied pride she bears,

    Each Fly do wing around her cherubic sweet face,

    As they; lovers seek what her anonymous covers,


    And dream them in a transient trace.

    When 'beauty', a self possessed pride, you Worn,

    Each fly does wing around your wilt grace,

    And lovers opine, 'how your beauty haste flown;

    As falls the man in his transient race'.

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  • Nithin Purple

    Nithin Purple

    January 20, 2013 by Nithin Purple

             Absolute Divine

    Then I sharpened my wings for a prissy flight,

    Through powerful Light that heavenly be,

    And that one moment that relived from my sinful drought,

    That appealed for many longer years,than brightness I ever probe.

    Sit with you now, and inhaling your songs and verse,

    Of serene that borrows your vibe,

    Blessed within me my maker;the ensuring sacred rose;

    Of love,that he my life can subscribe.












     

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  • George Dance

    November, 2012

    January 13, 2013 by George Dance

    November marks one year since we began adding links from poetry sites on a regular basis, beginning then with Representative Poetry Online. So it is fitting that this November we finally passed the halfway mark on the Poetry Foundation project (see past months for details), with the work being brought up to the letter S. While it is hard to say exactly how many new entries on poets have been added, and how many existing entries have been upgraded one way or another, it is worth noting that PPP now has over 7,300 articles and 1,300 pictures. In addition, I have been reporting any found errors to the Poetry Foundation, helping to build an improved relationship with them.

    In my spare time, I have been adding illustrations to the PPP articles o…

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  • George Dance

    November 2012

    January 13, 2013 by George Dance

    November marks one year since we began adding links from poetry sites on a regular basis, beginning then with Representative Poetry Online. So it is fitting that this November we finally passed the halfway mark on the Poetry Foundation project (see past months for details), with the work being brought up to the letter S. While it is hard to say exactly how many new entries on poets have been added, and how many existing entries have been upgraded one way or another, it is worth noting that PPP now has over 7,300 articles and 1,300 pictures. In addition, I have been reporting any found errors to the Poetry Foundation, helping to build an improved relationship with them.

    In my spare time, I have been adding illustrations to the PPP articles o…

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  • George Dance

    October 2012

    December 5, 2012 by George Dance

    October was also devoted to the Poetry Foundation project -- adding poets who had articles in Wikipedia (and writing the odd article for those who didn't), and adding bibliographies, pictures, and external links where possible. By the end of October we were finished the letter L. 

    I've been doing a few other enhancements in my spare time. Most of those were minor. The most important was to collect the various articles on books, magazines, and printing and publishing, and lists of publishers, into a new module, About publishing.  George Dance (talk) 00:12, November 13, 2012 (UTC)

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  • George Dance

    September 2012

    November 13, 2012 by George Dance

    There is not much to report for September. Penny and I continued to slog through the Poetry Foundation index of poets, importing Wikipedia articles where no article on the poet existed, substituting PF bibliographies for those of Wikipedia, and adding external links; just as in August. By the end of the month we had made it through G.

    For relaxation, I have been copying, and linking, articles on the individual U.S. states -- while those are not technically part of the wiki, they provide a third layer, of blue rather than red links. In addition, I have been copying the same links to states onto Wikinfo, the smaller and friendlier version of Wikipedia where I used to edit before founding PPP. George Dance (talk) 21:47, October 8, 2012 (UTC) …

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  • George Dance

    August 2012

    October 8, 2012 by George Dance

    The Poetry Foundation maintains one of the Web's largest collection of poet biographies and linked poems. In August we began the task of linking its biographies to PPP. We had begun tackling the PF previously, but had turned to other pursuits after completing A. At the start of August we began by working on B. By the end of the month we had made it only as far as the end of C!

    There were two reasons for that slow rate of progress. One was the sheer size of the PF database: almost 1,200 records in those two letters alone. The second was our methodology: not only did every record have to be examined, but each had to be upgraded in line with our new standards. Even records we copied in a year ago had to be re-examined and upgraded. In the main…

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  • George Dance

    July 2012

    September 11, 2012 by George Dance

    In the first month of our second year, the emphasis has shifted from creating new articles to improving those already on the wiki. With over 6,500 articles (over 2,100 of them on poets), the need to add new poets is less pressing, while the need to bring earlier articles up to present standards becomes more so.

    Two more poetry anthologies The New Poetry and the Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse (both 1917), were linked, and many new poets' articles added. The articles of those already on were also reviewed, and improvements made, chiefly in these sections:

    1. ) Recognition - this was split off as a separate section, where that hadn't been done already.
    2. ) Publications - In an effort to offer better bibliographies than the skeleton ones (just titl…
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  • George Dance

    June, 2012

    August 12, 2012 by George Dance

    June 2012 - On June 26, PPP celebrated its first anniversary. It was great to look at how much has been accomplished this year. But there is so much more to do. This month I was busy both (1) adding new poets, and (2) improving previously added articles on poets.

    (1) One of our glaring holes has been in biographies on modern British poets. I spent the first 2 weeks working on that by blue-linking Yeats's Oxford Book of Modern Verse. That in turn led to discovering J.C. Squires's Selections from Modern Poets anthologies and blue-linking those as well. The bulk came from Wikipedia, but I'm still adding articles (if only stubs) on those that Wikipedia does not carry; there are now more than 100 original PPP articles, not bad I guess. Of course t…

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  • George Dance

    May 2012

    July 2, 2012 by George Dance

    May 2012 - The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900 (OBEV) is perhaps the most important poetry anthology of all time. Published in 1900, it sold 500,000 copies of its first edition, profoundly influencing the literary tastes of a generation of English-speakers.

    So for our May project, Penny and I decided to make OBEV (in its second edition of 1919, online at bartleby.com), the newest source of poetry links. Since the anthology comprises a Hall of Fame of pre-modern British poets, we gave each poet not only an external link to his or her poem(s), but also a mention in her or his "Recognition" section.

    That project, which took about three weeks, allowed us to review a considerable number of the most famous poets featured here. For all of the…

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  • George Dance

    April 2012

    June 4, 2012 by George Dance

    April 2012 - The very first poem site we linked up to through our External Links section was the University of Toronto's Representative Poetry Online. Adding links to the hundreds of poets listed there took most of last November and December. In March, though (less than 6 months later), we discovered that RPO had changed its database, and none of our links worked; so we spent most of April redoing all of that work.

    So that this work would also improve the wiki, though, we also began adding additional links, when available, to each of those entries from two other sites. One is PoemHunter -- a commercial link that turns out to have hundreds of poets listed, with many poems not available elsewhere on the web. The other is NNDB (the Notable Nam…

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  • George Dance

    March 2012

    May 11, 2012 by George Dance

    March 2012 - One problem with the copyright laws is that they destroy the value of a lot of poets' work. They do protect the income of a lucky few who achieve lasting fame in their lifetime; but for the vast majority who do not, all they do is keep their work suppressed for 50-70 years after their death, in consequence ensuring that they are forgotten. There needs to be a way to keep copyright-protected poets' work before the public.

    In March, we discovered a site that does just that: the Australian Poetry Library. Like the other poetry sites we've been linking to, it carries the poetry of public-domain poets, but also for more modern, copyright-protected ones too. There are no problems with the copyright authorities, since the site is run…

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  • George Dance

    January/ February - The current project is to add bios of poets who have online poetry to link to, and to link the online poetry for those we already have bios of. In January we linked/added the poets on Modern American Poetry, and then those on the site of the Academy of American Poets. Finishing that in the middle of February, we added/linked the 50 or so poets in the 1916 anthology, Canadian Poets. The latter all came with photos which were public domain, so we added them; that, and Will Dockery's contributions, inspired us to begin adding more photos to PPP. I hope the new look is appreciated. (Archived March 2012 community announcement)

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  • George Dance

    As of April, we will be archiving the monthly community announcements page here when it's changed, starting with the current page (posted in March).George Dance 23:22, March 30, 2012 (UTC)

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