E.E. Cummings visualization

Chris Riccomini recently created a piece of datavisualization by using the poems of E.E. Cummings as the data. The work is a collaboration between Chris and his sister and it was intended as complementary to his sister’s paper on the poems of Mr. Cummings.

The result is a relation-circle-like radial visualization without the relational connections. It shows all peoms with it’s lines in chronological order and displays the themes of the poems as a color coded circumference. The visualization was built using the Processing programming language and contains the whole set of poems available.

The article includes the process how the visualization was built and an analysis of the emerging findings in the visualization. View the full project description at Chris’s blog over at http://www.riccomini.name.

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  • Daniel

    Interesting how poesie is extracted to pure visual information when viewed in a scale as image in the post shows it. I wonder if the visual representer of a sentence is just a line or the sentence itself when zoomed in? Poesie is lost if not.

    • http://www.artillery.ch/ Wiederkehr

      To clearify: the rays on the outer side of the circumference are the actual sentences of the poem. That’s why the sections vary in thickness.

  • Daniel

    Interesting how poesie is extracted to pure visual information when viewed in a scale as image in the post shows it. I wonder if the visual representer of a sentence is just a line or the sentence itself when zoomed in? Poesie is lost if not.

    • http://artillery.ch Benjamin

      To clearify: the rays on the outer side of the circumference are the actual sentences of the poem. That’s why the sections vary in thickness.

  • Daniel

    Nice, so poesie is preserved and augmented. This could be an interesting way to do research and find rethorical patterns.

  • Daniel

    Nice, so poesie is preserved and augmented. This could be an interesting way to do research and find rethorical patterns.

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