A script for poets
cpghost at cordula.ws
Thu Feb 9 02:26:50 PST 2006
On Wed, Feb 08, 2006 at 12:44:00PM -0800, Gary Kline wrote:
> 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.
You mean something like this to group words by endings?
% rev /usr/share/dict/words | sort | rev
> 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.
> Gary Kline kline at thought.org www.thought.org Public service Unix
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