A script for poets
kline at tao.thought.org
Wed Feb 8 12:44:07 PST 2006
On Wed, Feb 08, 2006 at 08:29:21PM +0100, Kristian Vaaf wrote:
> Again with my script requests, this time I'm wondering if anybody
> has ever felt like writing a shell script that makes it easy to write
> poems or just make up funny lines.
> http://www.rhymer.com is a great place, but unfortunately it requires
> a browser.
> Or maybe this is a feature that extends beyond the purpose of shell
> and that maybe for such I should start looking into languages like Ruby?
> Hoping for generous expert advise.
This may dovetail into something I was actively working on
several years ago: a C/C++ program that took unmetered text
as input and output N-syllabic lines as output.
I created a dictionary of thousands of words with one, two,
three, or more syllabes in my database. I played around
with this idea until I realized that "real" poetry demands
imagery (metaphor, simile), and not simply meter or rhyme.
After 7 years of my writing group I've learned how DIFFICULT
it is to write a good poem. Or prose.
> Thank you, peasants and poets :)
I'm closer to being a peasant that poet.
"I ain't no poet
And I know it."
> Vaaf (wuff)
Gary Kline kline at thought.org www.thought.org Public service Unix
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