There are two ways of uploading a poem to be visualized:

This automatic tool uses the Oxford Dictionaries API.

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Type or paste your poem in this box
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How to prepare the data?

For each poem to be visualized, the tool requires two pieces of essential data:

  • the poem itself in the ordinary English alphabet, and
  • a phonetic translation in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) of the poem.

The easiest way to obtain IPA translation is to use PhoTransEdit.

(Note: If the "Keep important punctuation" in PhoTransEdit is "off", please tick the checkbox to "switch" it on.)

The poem and its IPA transcription can then be pasted into the two boxes below.

It is important that both the poem and its IPA transcription have the same structure. This means that both need to have the same number of words per line and lines per stanza (verse paragraph). For example:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
həmp.ti dəmp.ti sæt ɑːn ə wɒl,


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
həmp.ti dəmp.ti sæt ɑːn ə wɒl,
həmp.ti dəmp.ti həd ə ɡreɪt fɑːl.
ɒl ðə kɪŋz hɔːr.səz ənd ɒl ðə kɪŋz men
kʊ.dənt pʊt həmp.ti tə.ɡe.ðər ə.ɡen.

Copy the poem into the top box and the IPA transcription into the bottom box. When you are ready, press Upload Data & Check. This will make sure that both the poem and IPA transcription are the same structure as the examples above.

Poem in ordinary English Alphabet
Poem in Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
Error in one of the input boxes. Please check that they are not empty and the number of elements per line matches.
Upload Data & Check

The box below will show the poem and its corresponding IPA transcriptions. Both should be aligned as shown in the example below.

This is the result of your upload.
Aligned Correctly & Create Visualization