Poemage is a visualization system for exploring the sonic topology of a poem. We define sonic topology as the complex structures formed via the interaction of sonic patterns — words connected through some sonic or linguistic resemblance — across the space of the poem. Poemage was developed at the University of Utah as part of an ongoing, highly exploratory collaboration between data visualization experts and poets/poetry scholars. Additional details are provided in the companion paper .




Poemage is open source. Please check back periodically for updates.

We are currently working on a web version of the tool!




Please refer to the included REAME file for usage instructions.

Please note: executables are no longer supported and may not work on all systems.
If you would like to be notified when the web version is up and running, please send email to nina@cs.utah.edu.


Poemage was developed using the Processing language (v 2.2.1). The source code is publicly available to run in the Processing environment. The code has been tested for Processing version 2.2.1, available on the Processing.org downloads page.



As part of this collaboration we have also developed a system, called RhymeDesign, for querying complex rhyme in a poem. RhymeDesign provides the back-end for Poemage. For more information about the system, and to download the application/source, please visit RhymeDesign.org .


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The Team

This work was funded in part by NSF grant IIS-1350896 and NEH grant HD-229002.

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