Representative Poetry Online is a "web anthology of 4,800 poems in English and French by over 700 poets spanning 1400 years". The project began in 1994 under the direction of Ian Lancashire. The first version of the project offered 730 poems; over the past two decades the database has grown significantly. Representative Poetry Online is a rich resource that leverages a myriad of digital tools to present the online poetry archive. Poems can be searched for or browsed under title or author. The poems can also be visualized on a timeline that represents the significant births, deaths, composition of poems, and historical moments across a literary time period. Representative Poetry Online also archives a wide variety of poetry criticism.