portrait of Emily Dickinson


a digital humanities project


This project analyzes linguistic ellipsis (elision) present in 90 poems written by Emily Dickinson. More specifically, we sought to analyze the correlation between elision and other factors, such as imagery, themes, recipients, and the time period in which the poems were written.

Our main research questions:

Through our markup and analysis of these poems using XML-based technologies, we were able to generate some answers to these questions and even some new ideas. Explore our website to find out more!


We developed this project in Spring 2021 for the Computational Methods in the Digital Humanities course at the University of Pittsburgh. The project contributors consist of Caroline Gish, Wyatt Nicholas, and Rachel Wonder.

Special thanks to our mentor Charlie Taylor and our professor David Birnbaum for their guidance throughout the course of our project.