Monday, May 24, 2010

Hyper-Concordance: Another powerful tool

"Fall" occurs 64 times in Paradise Lost. "Wonder" is found 21 times. You can search these and other words, and immediately see their contexts, via this Hyper-Concordance.

Here's the results for "wander":

519: Darkens the Streets, then wander forth the Sons Of BELIAL, flown with
976: being, Those thoughts that wander through Eternity, To perish rather,
1940: Yet not the more Cease I to wander where the Muses haunt Cleer Spring, or
2383: Till final dissolution, wander here, Not in the neighbouring Moon, as
5644: I fall Erroneous, there to wander and forlorne. Half yet remaines unsung,
5966: where Gods might dwell, Or wander with delight, and love to haunt Her
9643: shall I part, and whither wander down Into a lower World, to this obscure

Look up any word and find its use and contexts through this Hyper-Concordance. And not just in Paradise Lost - many of Milton's works are here, as are, in fact, works of Ben Jonson, Samuel Johnson, Jonathan Swift, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Sterne, Smollett, Richardson, Emerson, Whitman, and many more. It's part of the Victorian Literary Studies Archive.

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