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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0329  Thursday, 5 February 2004

[1]     From:   Todd Pettigrew <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 Feb 2004 10:53:39 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0309 Concordances

[2]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 Feb 2004 14:50:33 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0297 Concordances

[3]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 09:46:38 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0309 Concordances


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From:           Todd Pettigrew <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Feb 2004 10:53:39 -0400
Subject: 15.0309 Concordances
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0309 Concordances

I frequently make use of the Works of the Bard search engine available
online at http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/

This search engine has lots of handy features: you can search by word or
for an exact phrase.  You can search for two words near each other and
specify how near.  You can search within a specific play if you choose
or even within the lines of a specific character.

It's very useful, widely accessible and free. I frequently show my
Shakespeare students how to use it, and the good ones immediately see
the value and get hooked.

Best,
t.

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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Feb 2004 14:50:33 -0800
Subject: 15.0297 Concordances
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0297 Concordances

 >The Harvard Concordance to Shakespeare lacks the play-by-play
 >context and statistics of the 6-volume Complete & Systematic,
 >and it
 >does not provide context for the 43 most frequent of
 >Shakespeare's
 >words, "the, and, I, to, of," etc.

In this context I'd add a reminder that the RhymeZone Shakespeare search
engine is a very handy concordance-like tool:
http://www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare/ (a Lycos service). It allows for
browsing lines incrementally beginning with the most common
line-beginning words in Sh.:

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

Click on one and you get a list of the "followers," click on one of
those and you get a list of second followers; and so on.  Eg, Good >

Good lord >
Good lord, how >
...like the empress' sons they are!   Titus Andronicus: V, ii
...bright and goodly shines the moon!   The Taming of the Shrew:
IV, v

For fuller context, the titles link to the full text.

The singular flaw in this tool is that the common words must start a
line in Sh.!

RhymeZone/Shakespeare also has searching on word/phrase, keywords,
word(s) starting a line; and you can also browse a list of Sh.'s coined
words and an up-to-the-minute list of the most popular lines that people
search for.

Top five at this moment:

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)

#3-5 seem to indicate that Valentine's Day is around the corner.

Cheers,
Al Magary

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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 09:46:38 -0600
Subject: 15.0309 Concordances
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0309 Concordances

 >I realize this is no substitute for a true concordance

I think that it is possible to download, then cut and paste the (a)
text(s) of all the plays into a Word document and then query that
document serially.  I also think that the process would present the
inquirer with some of the problems Spevack encountered (and brilliantly
discusses in his preface.) Mrs. Cowden-Clarke labored for sixteen years
compiling the first concordance to Shakespeare, and her efforts should
not be forgotten.

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