portrait of Emily Dickinson

EMILY DICKINSON & ELLIPSIS

a digital humanities project

OUR METHODOLOGY: an explanation

RESULTS

How many poems in our corpus contain instances of ellipsis?

0 45 90 Total number of poems in our corpus Presence of Ellipsis yes 68 no 17 ambiguous 5

68 poems contain instances of ellipsis, 17 poems do not contain any instances of ellipsis, and 5 poems are ambiguous in terms of instances of ellipsis

How many times does each type of ellipsis occur throughout the poem corpus?

0 45 90 # of occurrences Types of ellipsis ambiguous 15 clausal 80 nominal 37 verbal 47

Across the corpus, in descending order by amount, there were 80 instances of clausal ellipsis, 47 instances of verbal ellipsis, 37 instances of nominal ellipsis, and 15 instances of ambiguous ellipsis.

How many poems contain a particular theme? Which themes?

animal 6 childhood 1 darkness 3 death 12 eating 1 emotion 12 labor 2 law 2 life 7 light 5 love 9 memory 2 music 2 nature 44 relationships 8 religion 14 social class 3 social norms 2 solitude 6 supernatural 1 the body 5 the mind 7 time 12 uncertainty 4 violence 5 war 3 wealth 2 writing 6 0 24 48 12 36 Poem theme Number of poems containing theme

We colored the bars here according to the color of the 9 themes available to highlight on our corpus page.

Comparing ellipsis presence with recipient presence

Ellipsis presence Count of poems with recipient Count of poems with no recipient
Yes 35 33
No 9 8
Ambiguous 3 2

Comparing ellipsis presence with time period written

Ellipsis presence Early period Middle period Late period
Yes 24 24 20
No 5 3 9
Ambiguous 2 2 1

Comparing ellipsis presence with poem theme

Ellipsis presence Death Emotion Life Love Nature Relationships Religion Solitude The mind Time Writing
Yes 10 9 6 6 35 7 9 5 7 11 4
No 2 3 1 3 9 1 4 1 0 0 2

We left out themes that appear in 5 or fewer poems as well as the poems with purely ambiguous ellipsis since there are only 5 of them in the entire corpus.