Lisa M. Rhody

Lisa Marie Rhody received her Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Maryland, where her research was supported by a Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) Winnemore Dissertation Fellowship. Her research combines advanced computational analysis with traditional literary methods to explore 20th-century poetry and American literature, intersections between visual and verbal media, and women's literature. Currently, she is the project manager for WebWise 2013 at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM). She maintains a digital presence at and can be followed on Twitter at @lmrhody.


Topic Modeling and Figurative Language


… to have them for an instant in her hands both at once,
the story and its undoing…

from “Self Portrait as Hurry and Delay” [Penelope at her loom]


Located at the center of Jorie Graham’s collection The End of Beauty, “Self Portrait as Hurray and Delay” crafts a portrait of the artist, poised at a precarious moment in which thought begins to take shape.

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Topic Model Data for Topic Modeling and Figurative Language

The topic model discussed in “Topic Modeling and Figurative Language” was created with MALLET. Drawing from 4,500 English-language poems from the “Revising Ekphrasis” corpus, the model was generated using the following parameters:

mallet train-topics --input poems-seq.mallet

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