Using Voyant

Using Voyeur Tools to read The Little Review was an interesting experience. As others have commented, the word trend search and graph was a fun tool, but as far as helping one read The Little Review it is only a jumping off point. It provides interesting data sets, but without going back to the text of the magazine(s) one may easily get a false sense of the key terms and key trends in the magazine. I liked that one of the provided Voyant tools allows one to view a given word in context. I used the word in context tool to look at the most frequently used key word "life." Looking through the given text of the first magazine, I was able to see that "life" and specifically life as seen through art,literature, poetry, and music truly was a key theme in the magazine, particularly the first issue. Of course this was the intent of the editors of the magazine.
in playing around Voyant more, one of my favorite aspects of Voyant became the Corpus Reader and the ability to hover over a word and see its usage frequency and see it highlighted throughout the rest of the text. I realized that Voyant is undoubtedly a helpful tool for close examining of a text, but that it requires the reader or researcher to be an active participant and manipulator of the tools. I came to realize that using a combination of the tools was the best means of gaining insight into The Little Review and patterns within the magazine.