Modern poetry – mapped!

The Poetry Archive has got one of those tag-clouds so people can find poems by theme. From which we learn that the most popular subject in modern poetry is death. Woohoo. Potentially more cheerfully, death is closely followed by childhood, animals and love. After that come poetry, language and war. And so on. You can see for yourself.

It looks like ‘nature’ would score very high if all the appropriate categories were lumped together.

Not the most statistically rigorous experiment of all time (selection bias, much?), but kind of interesting.

2 Comments

  1. 15 December 2005 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Lessee, death, childhood, animals, and love.

    I love the dead animals of my childhood!

    What’s sad is I’m pretty sure I have more than one poem with exactly that subject.

    Julie

  2. Harry
    17 December 2005 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    The dead pet poem sometimes seems like the defining genre of late C20th poetry.

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