A script for poets

cpghost 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 
>> rhymes,
>> 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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