To get at this larger question we've started with a slightly smaller one: Can we identify poetic content in the historic newspapers included in Chronicling America? We anticipate the methods developed in this phase of the project will have significance in several areas, including in the reappraisal of conventional narratives of the history and experience of poetry in American culture; in advancing work on dealing with multi-language corpora, since we're looking at visual elements rather than linguistic features; in thinking about how we can aid discovery of materials in heterogeneous collections; and in developing the possibilities of visual analytics for discovery in digital library collections. Less . . .