Annotations – Poems VII and XII of The Passionate Pilgrim (annotated)
Analysis – Stylometric analysis for authorship attribution
Visualizations – A series of data visualizations and interpretations
Reflection – Project Reflection
In 1599, an anthology of 20 poems was published under the title The Passionate Pilgrime and attributed to “W. Shakespeare.” Only 5 of the poems have been confirmed as Shakespeare’s – two were later published along with his sonnets and three were included in the play Love’s Labours Lost (Smith, 1974).
This leaves 11 poems originally attributed to Shakespeare with unknown authorship. Stylistic analysis by the Shakespeare Clinic at two of the Claremont colleges in California in the late 1980s and early 1990s claimed that 8 of the unattributed poems may have been Shakespeare’s work. They found that these poems were, based on their model, more like Shakespeare’s poetry than 83% of his confirmed work (Elliot and Valenza)
Our aim with this project is to attempt to attribute authorship of the unknown poems by comparing the stylistic fingerprints of poetry by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
We have acquired bodies of work by William Shakespeare (his sonnets, Venus and Adonis, and The Rape of Lucrece), Richard Barnfield (The Affectionate Shepherd), Bartholomew Griffin (Fidessa), and Christopher Marlowe (his selected works). All text files have been acquired from Project Gutenberg and are under the public domain.
Ben Warren (Dickinson College ’25) – Literary analysis, website, programming, data analysis, visualizations
Sid Lamsdal (Dickinson College ’25) – Programming, data analysis,
Pranav Mishra (Dickinson College ’25) – Programming, data analysis
Smith, Hallett. “The Passionate Pilgrim”. The Riverside Shakespeare, edited by G. Blakemore Evans, Houghton Mifflin, 1974, pp. 1881-1882.