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"'Dover Beach'—a Note to that Poem," by Archibald MacLeish in Digital Humanities

"'Dover Beach'—a Note to that Poem," by Archibald MacLeish

One thing that Digital Humanists—and especially Digital Humanists who focus on literature—like to do is look at the way that authors use certain vocabulary. Authors have a tendency to use certain key words again and again, and if we can figure out what those words are, then we can have an easier time identifying the author's style, that je ne sais quoi that makes their style their own.

Let's look at an excerpt from Archibald MacLeish's poem "'Dover Beach'—a Note to that Poem." (It was written as a response to Matthew Arnold's famous poem "Dover Beach.")