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Shakespeare Search Engine with Unusual Features
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1942  Monday, 6 October 2003

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Saturday, 4 Oct 2003 15:07:40 -0700
Subject:        Shakespeare Search Engine with Unusual Features

I came across a Shakespeare search engine with some unusual features:
Lycos' Rhyme Zone:  http://www.rhymezone.com/  You enter a search term,
then select these menu options:

Find rhymes
Find synonyms
Find antonyms
Find definition
Find related words
Find similar sounding words
Find homophones
Match consonants only
Match these letters
Find similar spellings
Search for pictures
Search in Shakespeare
Search quotations

On the Shakespeare search page at http://www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare/
you enter a search term then select:  Word or phrase; Keywords; Start a
line

A function linked to Start a line allows you to browse lines
incrementally after selecting pairs of common words.  The initial words
are:  And, I, The, To, That, But, For, A, My, As, You, What, If, Of, In,
With, He, This, How, It, Which, Is, So, Thou, By, O, Your, When, Why,
I'll, We, Let, Ay, Or, Not, His, 'tis, Have, Where, Be, Good, Who, Will,
No, Than, Shall, And, Then, Come, Nay, They, Do, No, She, There, Thy,
From, Well, Our, Why, Are, What, Nor, Upon, Now, Here, All, Hath, Now,
Yet, Would, Sir, Go, Give, Come, At, Even, But, More, Whose, An, Her,
Was, Though, Did, On, Were, Till, Like, Some, These, Most, May, Should,
One, Take, Had, Marry, Make, There's

If you select "thou" you find the most common following words are:  art,
hast, shalt, dost, canst, wilt, know'st, shouldst, wast, mayst, wouldst,
that, must, didst, speak'st, hadst, and, never, darest, seest, sayest,
mightst, makest, liest, whoreson, liest., gavest, comest, wrong'st,
told'st, teachest, say'st, rather, losest, liest, know'st, ever, diest,
call'dst, art, wert, villain, to, thinkest, think'st, then, the, takest,
speakest, shall

If you select "wert" from that list, you get these two quotations:

Thou wert
...but a lost monster.   The Tempest: IV, i
..better gall the devil, salisbury:   King John: IV, iii

Of course you can do this by yourself at the top by searching on "thou
wert," but the lists are suggestive.

A list of Shakespeare's coined words (from Jeffrey McQuain and Stanley
Malless, _Coined by Shakespeare: Words and Meanings First Penned by the
Bard_) is at
http://www.rhymezone.com/r/gwic.cgi?Path=shakespeare/coinages//

And Lycos being a mature search engine, they've got a click counter that
is keeping track of Shakespeare's 500 most popular lines:
http://www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare/toplines/  As of Saturday afternoon
at 3 pm PDT, the top 20 lines (not complete quotes!) were:

1.  To be, or not to be: that is the question:   Hamlet: III, I (2676
clicks) 2.  All the world's a stage,   As You Like It: II, vii     (1134
clicks)
3.  I love you with so much of my heart that none is   Much Ado About
Nothing: IV, i     (878 clicks)
4.  Shall I compare thee to a summer's day   Sonnets: XVIII (812 clicks)
5.  You are a lover; borrow cupid's wings,   Romeo and Juliet: I, iv
(729 clicks)
6.  We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;   King Henry V: IV,
iii     (710 clicks)
7.  If music be the food of love, play on;   Twelfth Night: I, I (607
clicks)
8.  What's in a name   Romeo and Juliet: II, ii     (605 clicks)
9.  Cry 'havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;   Julius Caesar: III,
i     (539 clicks)
10.  This above all: to thine ownself be true,   Hamlet: I, iii (525
clicks)
11.  Who taught thee how to make me love thee more   Sonnets: CL (490
clicks)
12.  Let me not to the marriage of true minds   Sonnets: CXVI (431
clicks)
13.  To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; Hamlet: III,
i     (347 clicks)
14.  The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.   King Henry VI,
part II: IV, ii     (340 clicks)
15.  Thou hast not loved:   As You Like It: II, iv     (314 clicks)
16.  Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,   Macbeth: V, v (312
clicks)
17.  Admit impediments. love is not love   Sonnets: CXVI (311 clicks)
18.  Friends, romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;   Julius Caesar:
III, ii     (301 clicks)
19.  The quality of mercy is not strain'd,   Merchant of Venice: IV,
i     (288 clicks)
20.  Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;   King Henry V:
III, i     (288 clicks)

Appropriately, the 500th quote, which ends this post, is:

500.  Adieu! tears exhibit my tongue. most beautiful   Merchant of
Venice: II, iii     (36 clicks)

As you can see, the capitalization and punctuation are minimalist.

Al Magary

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