The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

Subject indexing of poetry – could we? Should we?

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2011), 29, (2), 56–63.

Abstract

Hazel Bell considers various approaches to the organization of poetry by theme and the indexing of poetry, and asks whether subject indexing of poetry is feasible, examining examples from the 18th century onwards.

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Robb, D. S. (1996) ‘Review of the Scottish poetry index.’ The Indexer 20(1), 48. Review of the Scottish poetry index The Indexer 20 48 Google Scholar

Stern, S. (2009) ‘The case and the exceptions: creating instrumental texts in law and literature.’ In Producing the eighteenth-century book: writers and publishers in England, 1650–1800. Newark, De.: Unversity of Delaware Press. The case and the exceptions: creating instrumental texts in law and literature In Producing the eighteenth-century book: writers and publishers in England, 1650–1800 Google Scholar

Batchelor, J. (1987) ‘Review of Index to Canadian poetry in English.’ The Indexer 15(4), 250–1. Review of Index to Canadian poetry in English. The Indexer 15 250 1 Google Scholar

Beckerlegge, O. A. (1992) ‘A scriptural index to hymns and psalms.’ The Indexer 18(1), 27–9. A scriptural index to hymns and psalms The Indexer 18 27 9 Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (1974) ‘Humorous indexes – The stuffed owl.’ The Indexer 6(4), 174–5. Humorous indexes – The stuffed owl. The Indexer 6 174 5 Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (1986) ‘A clerihindex?’ The Indexer 15(2), 94. A clerihindex? The Indexer 15 94 Google Scholar

Bell, H. K. (1992) ‘Should fiction be indexed? The indexability of text.’ The Indexer 18(2), 83–6. Should fiction be indexed? The indexability of text The Indexer 18 83 6 Google Scholar

Bentley, E. C. (1983) The complete clerihews of E. Clerihew Bentley. Oxford: Oxford University Press. The complete clerihews of E. Clerihew Bentley Google Scholar

Bruster, D. (2005) ‘Review of May, Steven W. and William A. Ringler, Jr., Eds. Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and firstline index of English verse, 1559–1603.’ Early Modern Literary Studies 11(2) (September) 6.1–23. Available at: http://purl.oclc.org/emls/11-2/revmayri.htm Google Scholar

Ellis, A. (1992) ‘Literary indexes.’ The Indexer 18(1), 50. Literary indexes The Indexer 18 50 Google Scholar

Johnstone, J. (2010) ‘Poetry and the indexing thereof: the role of the Scottish Poetry Library.’ The Indexer 28(1), 2–5. Poetry and the indexing thereof: the role of the Scottish Poetry Library The Indexer 28 2 5 Google Scholar

Keats, J. (1820) Lamia Part I. Lamia Google Scholar

Lewis, D. B. W. and Lee, C. (1930) The stuffed owl: an anthology of bad verse. London: J. M. Dent. The stuffed owl: an anthology of bad verse Google Scholar

May, S. W. and Ringler, W. A. (2004) Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and first-line index of English verse, 1559–1603. Bristol: Thoemmes Press. Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and first-line index of English verse, 1559–1603 Google Scholar

Murphy, T. (2003) ‘Exploring fiction and poetry through indexing.’ The Indexer 23(4), 216–17. Exploring fiction and poetry through indexing The Indexer 23 216 17 Google Scholar

Robb, D. S. (1996) ‘Review of the Scottish poetry index.’ The Indexer 20(1), 48. Review of the Scottish poetry index The Indexer 20 48 Google Scholar

Stern, S. (2009) ‘The case and the exceptions: creating instrumental texts in law and literature.’ In Producing the eighteenth-century book: writers and publishers in England, 1650–1800. Newark, De.: Unversity of Delaware Press. The case and the exceptions: creating instrumental texts in law and literature In Producing the eighteenth-century book: writers and publishers in England, 1650–1800 Google Scholar

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