Paper: Using Distributional Semantics to Trace Influence and Imitation in Romantic Orientalist Poetry

ACL ID W14-4508
Title Using Distributional Semantics to Trace Influence and Imitation in Romantic Orientalist Poetry
Venue AHA!-Workshop on Information Discovery in Text
Session
Year 2014
Authors

In this paper, we investigate whether textual analysis can yield evidence of shared vocabulary or formal textual characteristics in the works of 19th century poets Lord Byron and Thomas Moore in the genre of Romantic Orientalism. In particular, we identify and trace Byron?s influence on Moore?s writings to query whether Moore imitated Byron, as many reviewers of the time sug- gested. We use a Distributional Semantic Model (DSM) to analyze if there is a shared vocabulary of Romantic Orientalism, or if it is possible to characterize a literary genre in terms of vocabu- lary, rather than in terms of the particular plots, characters and themes. We discuss the results