What is Poetry Genius, you may ask? Well, some while back (in 2009), there appeared a website called Rap Genius, which enabled users to post and annotate rap lyrics. Since then, the site has expanded to include Rock Genius, News Genius, and Poetry Genius. Poetry Genius has more than poetry on it, though. Various literary works have been posted on the site, including...you guessed it...some of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I've been active on Rap Genius, Rock Genius and Poetry Genius for some time now, and when I discovered The Hound of the Baskervilles on the site, I immediately began to post more Sherlock Holmes stories on the site. You can see the Arthur Conan Doyle content on Poetry Genius here.
The great thing about having Holmes stories on Poetry Genius is that Sherlockians can collaborate on creating their own annotated Sherlock Holmes, in the tradition of Baring-Gould and Klinger. The interface on the site enables users to add not just annotations, but links, video, pictures, etc. I am still in the process of adding more Holmes stories to the site, but as of this post, here's what's available to annotate:
Adding annotations of your own is very simple: just highlight the text that you want to annotate, and a box will pop up for you to enter your note. You are encouraged to add images to posts, to make them more visually interesting. Video and other media can be added as well. Give it a try!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.