The uh is I agreed Morse seem like a code of clicks spaces crowded with the code Is it poetry? Life link for more poetries? HTTP, WWW don't think it is us to think Out of the box Code is a language Some kind of code is on its back Is it poetry? On which plain existence ends, by the end of august, summers end With the tell of lines poetry lop surpass a tagline Saying is, this poetry, is apparantly my first Piece of basic code almost my first Machine program more than talks why is it not poetry Hosking says some is exceptional in stretched poetic meaning, poetry, it indeed is
I’m really bad at poetry. It’s not that I don’t feel able to write it, no it’s worse, I’m not able to understand it nor to see the beauty in it, not even in poetry written in my mother tongue. Poetry sucks, in my opinion! ‘People that don’t like flowers are unable to understand poetry’, is a worthwhile claim, to throw some researches at, I bet. If there aren’t already working scores of them on finding possible causes.
To help myself, to survive the actual Weekly Writing Challenge on Daily Press I made a simple script that steals three-word passages from my fellow wordpressians and cleans and rearranges those to a “poem”. Well, there was still some cleanup necessary. Some inserted words here, some deleted words there, some line rearrangement and voila my first poem. Here is the raw output for the interested. The seed phrase was “poetry of code”:
[ 'The uh is i agreed', 'Morse seem like a of clicks', 'Spaces crowd with the is poetry', 'Life link for more poetries', 'Http www don t think', 'It as the to think', 'Out the box code is a language', 'Some kind isn on its back is poetry', 'On on which plane existence', 'Are they by the end august', 'With the tell if lines', 'Poetry lop surpass a tagline', 'Saying is poetry apparantly my first', 'Piece basic code almost my first', 'Machine program more than talks', 'About why is not poetry', 'Hosking says some is except', 'In stretched poetic meaning poetry' ]
And well, for those nerdy enough, to understand some CoffeeScript here is the code. There is the real beauty, at least for me …
To execute it yourself, you need Node.js installed and you have to add the following NPM packages: “coffee-script”, “request” and “cheerio”. I think you have to install CoffeeScript globally (npm install -g coffee-script), but I’m not sure. The rest can be installed locally. Safe the content of the gist into a new file (e.g. poem.coffee). Put it in the directory where you installed the packages from. Then issue:
coffee THE-FILE-YOU-SAVED-THE-CONTENT-OF-THE-GIST-TO TERM1 [TERM2] [TERM3]
Only one seed term is required. It will output something similar to the raw output above.
I apologize to all serious poetrists (is that the right term?). I guess your art is very valuable and rich and wonderful. I’m just some moron that doesn’t get it.