New On Cd: Every English Poem Ever Written

Alas, there used to be but one way to trace the influences of, say, Shakespeare's sonnets on all the English poetry that followed: search through lots and lots of books. But now, Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., a Cambridge (England) academic publisher, is compiling 4,500 volumes of works by 1,350 English poets onto four CD-ROMs to speed poetic research. The collection, designed to be viewed on IBM PCs or PC-compatibles, includes children's verse, pre-1800 hymns, and even obscure poems, all dating from 600 to 1900 A. D.

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