Published Online: September 28, 2009

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Shakespeare Searched

“Go search like nobles, like noble subjects,” reads a line from William Shakespeare’s play “Pericles, Prince of Tyre.” The quote is an apt introduction to Shakespeare Searched, a site dedicated solely to the works of the English playwright and poet. This site, created by the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington, allows students to search for specific words within the lines of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. A keyword search can identify a specific passage in a specific poem or play or find larger meaning and themes within his many works.

A search on the word “love,” for example, pulls hundreds of passages from plays like “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and, of course, “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Within each search, common results are grouped by topic. These groupings or clusters break the search down further to show how many times a Shakespearean character used the word love, or find words that are most commonly associated with love.

—Tim Ebner

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