The next published volume I looked at was "Letters of A Soldier, 1914-1915." This too was taken from the Gutenberg.org site (www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17316). As I commented on an earlier post, just taking the text of the letters in a grouping did not consistently give me the same graph that I received when I uploaded the individual transcribed letters from one of my collections. The challenge here was to take and make an individual file for each of the letters in this volume to make a consistent graphing analysis of words.
There were approximately 130 letters from a French painter and I had to make 130 files. This volume had been published in 1917 with an introduction written by A. Clutton-Brock (British Officer I believe). Doing the individual copying of the letters forced me to take a more closer look at the text. This was something I did not do with the Paul Jones letters. I just dumped into the Voyant-tools.org program to see what type of word cloud would be produced.
Being forced to review the letters gave me two things - 1) a basic understanding of what was included in the printed letters and 2) a closer scrutiny of the introduction and its publication date, along with the dates of the letters. Going back to the basics of research helped me to understand how this program could work in giving hints in the direction of what to study in order to understand how the volume may have been a piece of propaganda.
For example this is the word cloud that was produced from the anonymous painter's published letters:
In the Voyant-tools program, certain words can be added to the Stop List of common words. I just added 'dear' and 'mother.' This is the second word cloud created.
"These letters reveal to us a new type of soldier, a new type of hero, almost a new type of man...who can endure without any romantic illusions..."
With that in mind, it can be determined that this volume was published as a tool of propaganda. Doing a basic graph analysis of the two words I previously honed upon in the past blog posts will support that, even though the word 'war' was not the most frequently used word as in the letters of this Frenchman, it was still used more than the word 'home.'