Scheduled maintenance

Another notice of downtime in the Norwegian national e-infrastructure, NIRD All system will be taken down 21st and 22nd of November.

Virtual Muse: Experiments in Computer Poetry

Critical Writing
Publication Type: 
Language: 
Year: 
1996
License: 
All Rights reserved
Record Status: 
Tags: 
Abstract (in English): 

In this engaging, accessible memoir, Charles Hartman shows how computer programming has helped him probe poetry's aesthetic possibilities. He discusses the nature of poetry itself and his experiences with primitive computer-generated poetry programs and -- illustrated with sample computer-produced verses -- traces the development of more advanced hardware and software.

The central question about this cyber-partnership, Hartman says, "isn't exactly whether a poet or a computer writes the poem, but what kinds of collaboration might be interesting." He examines the effects of randomness, arbitrariness, and contingency on poetic composition, concluding that "the tidy dance among poet and text and reader creates a game of hesitation. In this game, a properly programmed computer has a chance to slip in some interesting moves." (source: book description)

Teaching Resource using this Critical Writing:

The permanent URL of this page: 
Record posted by: 
Meri Alexandra Raita