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Imaginary Machines: BackVerse

November 1, 2011

This is the latest in a series of poetry generators I’d build if I had the time.

Probably implemented in JavaScript, the generator begins with only the top part of the interface. This shows the type of lines to generate (ex: quatrain abab, quatrain aabb, quatrain unrhymed, couplet aa, couplet unrhymed, …); the corpus to build it from, and how the word selections should be displayed.

Clicking the “Generate” button produces the last two words of each line, along with a “next” or “delete” button. The second-to-last word (ex: “on”, “her”, and “seldom” in the image above) are consistent with a bigram model; the user can select one of these. Clicking “next” turns the selected word into text and creates a new selection dropdown. For example, in the first line the user selected “against” and then clicked “next.” This generated a new drop-down, from which the user selected “stand” and clicked “next”. This generated a new drop-down, from which the user is currently selecting “shall”. To undo a selection and return to the previous word, the user clicks “delete”, natch.

I don’t think this would actually be that tough to implement, but I’ve been kind of busy recently, you know what it’s like. So this is just method 7c9a2874-1d70-4ddd-b3d5-52498bb0b962 (BackVerse).

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