Tuesday, September 30, 2008


The image above is created from the entire text of Macbeth by Jonathan Feinberg's addictive Wordle gizmo ('beautiful word clouds'). You input any text you like and can customise the resulting 'cloud' in your own shapes and colours. These are the 150 words most frequently used in the play (the biggest are the most used). A year ago we used John Keats's ode 'To Autumn' as a Poem of the Week, and below is another Wordle, again from the entire text. English teachers could use Wordle for classroom posters, for prompting creative writing, for pupils' own work and much more.

Feinberg can be heard here discussing his invention. Click on the images to make them bigger and more readable.
Finally, another one, of all the words in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' See more of our Wordles here.

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