A riddle — What am I?
So I come, and so I go,
A cyclops passing to and fro.
With carried colleague, thin and frail,
We leave our work: a footstep trail.
Introducing @SnowballPoetry (bio: “i am the poet which robots created”).
As of now, it spits out a new poem every few hours. It still needs to go through me to curate the output, so I’ve queued up enough for the next month. I’m working on making it fully automated, so that I won’t have to think about it. I would be very keen to hear anyone’s suggestions on how to do that.
There is also an Oulipo constraint called the Melting Snowball. This is pretty much what you’d expect it to be; it’s a poem in which each line is a single word, and each successive word is one shorter.
solitary brother always looks good but do i
I figured it wouldn’t be too much trouble to change my original code so it can generate these as well.
schooling business matters little think boys and so i
I’ve found, though, that it tends to be much more difficult to find good ones. And, they pretty much all have to end in “I”.
shadowy people would kill you as i
Oulipo is a French movement; apparently this stuff is easier to do in French. Well, I suppose that’s why they call it a constraint.
The C++ code is here.
i am the path along unseen heather
Snowball (also called a Chaterism): A poem in which each line is a single word, and each successive word is one letter longer. One of the constrained writing techniques utilised by the Oulipo (Workshop of Potential Literature).
o we all have heard people believe anything
Given the mathematical genesis of the Oulipo and the interest in the movement among other programmers, I thought that someone must have created a program to generate these, and I was surprised that I couldn’t find one even after some pretty thorough Googling. So I wrote one myself. The C++ code is here.
i am the dawn light before anybody expected something disorderly
The poems in this post were all created by the program. They have not been edited.
i am the very great change