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...the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
At Ev’ning from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
(Paradise Lost, 1. 286-91)

Monthly archive April, 2011

Shakespearean n-grams

  The following is about  86 pairwise combinations of EMD plays that include Shakespeare on one side and sit 2.5 standard deviations above the average for all pairwise combinations. This is a crude and arbitrary cut-off and includes  less than 1% of some 11,000 pairwise combinations that meet this definition. There is a “proof in the...

Did Nicolas Udall write the History of Jacob and Esau

  The authorship of Jacob and Esau, an interlude from the mid-sixteenth century, is disputed. In a recent essay John Curran writes that Nicholas Udall and William Hunnis are “the most prevalent candidates,” and after reviewing the evidence he says that he inclines towards Hunnis (Jacob and Esau and the Iconoclasm of Merit, SEL, 49, 2009,...

The Top Fifty n-gram heavy play links

This blog entry continues the entry on “Authors are trumps” and looks at the top fifty play links, which score at the 99.9th percentile of shared n-grams.  What can we learn from this list without actually looking at the plays? Or, if we think about it as an excercise in scalable reading, what can we...