English Poetry Database (EPD)

This database comprises the works of almost 1,350 poets from 600-1900. Certain categories of material have been excluded from the database: translations into English verse after 1800, hymns published after 1800, works in languages other than English, verse drama intended for the stage, and poems never published or only published in contemporary newspapers, journals or miscellanies.

  • Simple Searches: Single word and phrase searches throughout the entire EPD.
  • Proximity Searches: Find the co-occurrence of two or three words or phrases.
  • Boolean Searches: Find combinations of two or three words in a given paragraph or verse.
  • Word Index: Browse through lists of all unique words in the texts.
  • Citation Searches: Identify works by author and title.
  • Browse: Browse through lists of all texts.
  • About the EPD: EPD editorial policy, access restrictions, lists of authors, etc.


Last content update May 2, 2001.