Corpus of Contemporary Czech Poetry (C3P)

C3P is a joint project of the Institute of Czech Literature of CAS and the Institute of the Czech National Corpus, dating back to 2015. As the name suggests, it is a corpus of contemporary Czech poetry texts (delimited by the years 1990 and 2020), i.e. a representative sample of Czech poetry over the last three decades. Significantly, this sample includes not only texts officially published in poetry books, and thus having gone through the standardeditorial process, but also amateur works, concentrated mainly on so-called literary forums. This methodological decision is not due to a desire to democratise poetry; we believe that without texts from the Internet, the picture of contemporary Czech poetry would not be complete, covering only one segment of poetry, which is relatively small in proportion. This would not correspond to the reality that literary forums have played a significant role in the Czech literary context1), among other things as a platform for the publishing beginnings of some now established poets. This basic dichotomy, by the way, opens up the possibility of confronting and comparing the two modes, distinguished in C3P by the doc.medium attribute (print vs web).

Name FicTree
Number of tokens 42 435 867
Number of tokens (excl. punctuation) 35 506 057
Number of word forms 900 203
Number of lemmas 378 233
Publication date 2022

The composition of C3P

C3P currently contains approximately 35.5 million running words. The print poetry subcorpus includes about 1.7 million words, coming from 21,478 poems printed in 496 poetry collections by 209 authors. The web component of the corpus contains more than 442,000 poems from six literary forums (liter.cz, pismak.cz, totem.cz, libres.cz, psanci.cz, xxvi.cz), comprising over 34 million words. The texts in the print subcorpus were selected with regard to the generational layers of the contemporary poetry scene. Currently, authors of Generations X and Y (i.e. born after 1965) are represented here, as we continue to expand the corpus towards older generations.

For details on building C3P, see the studies below.

The annotation of C3P

The tagset was adopted with minimal modifications from an earlier project, the Corpus of Czech Verse. In addition, C3P was tagged with standard CNC annotation tools.

How to use C3P

C3P data can be investigated in various ways. In addition to standard concordance work in the KonText interface, other tools can be used:

  • Word in Poetry: a tool suitable for the first introduction to the corpus. After entering a sought-after word, it offers previews of other applications and a range of statistical data.
  • Hex: an application allowing to search for keywords, i.e. those whose frequency is significantly higher in a given poem than in the whole corpus (thus, it is particularly useful for thematic analyses).
  • Gunstick: a tool used to search for rhyme pairs and providing statistics on their frequency.

All the above tools allow working with the whole corpus or separately with its parts (either poetry from internet literary forums or published in books). More tools for working with C3P will be added gradually.


We would like to thank our colleagues who have repeatedly contributed valuable advice and selfless help to the successful completion of C3P: Michal Křen, Václav Cvrček, Petr Plecháč and Robert Kolár. Our annotators from among the students of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University deserve no fewer thanks, namely: Šárka Kadavá, Jan Musil, Ondřej Pavlík, Milan Pavlovič, Martin Šplíchal, Lukáš Tomášek and Štěpán Truhlařík.

C3P is supported by Premium Academiae funding awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences to Prof. Pavel Janoušek. Thank you!

How to cite C3P

Škrabal, M. – Piorecký, K. – Procházka, P. – Jeziorský, T.: Korpus současné poezie, verze 1.0 z 29. 6. 2022. Ústav Českého národního korpusu FF UK – Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR, v. v. i., Praha 2022. Available from WWW: http://www.korpus.cz

Piorecký, K. – Škrabal, M.: Vícejazyčnost v současné české poezii. Několik úvodních postřehů z korpusové perspektivy. Slovenská literatura 6/2020, s. 568–583.

Škrabal, M. – Piorecký, K.: The Corpus of Contemporary Czech Poetry: A database for research on contemporary poetic language across media. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities XX/2022, FIXME s. 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqac013

PIORECKÝ, Karel. Česká literatura a nová média. Praha: Academia, 2016.