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bespake the sorrowing soul

December 20, 2011

Speak, take the city I who thund’ring
Stuns the years and the ford may of their profit
Of the sky again. Then looking round
Are dead, I will at hearing of pity.

Abide in chains invisible the
Deep slumber seiz’d me thus bespake the
Sorrowing soul. In height or as they envy
Not yet with eyes grief stung with an animal.

For his fierce soul, as her worthiest sons,
Gaunt and whelm’d underneath the visages
Of the fever of the’ horrible, soon
As I stand, then, and well was gather’d I.


Dec 19, 2011, unsupervised bigram generation. Generator: Unnamed Work In Progress. Corpus: The Vision of Hell, by Dante Alighieri (trans. H.F. Cary)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2011 1:03 pm

    Really impressive for an unsupervised number. What’s the trick?

  2. December 20, 2011 7:05 pm

    Really impressive for an unsupervised number. What’s the trick?

    Thanks. I should say that I generated 5 stanzas, and selected 3. So maybe I should come up with terminology like: “it’s unsupervised with a 3/5 selection yield at the stanza level”, or something. It’s pretty incoherent overall, but it gets by on Dante/Cary’s word choice.

    Also doing a (fairly naive) syllable count to guide line and stanza generation, and automatically capitalizing line beginnings and providing end-of-stanza punctuation. I’ll give more details once the generator’s done.

  3. December 21, 2011 6:11 pm

    Unnamed Work in Progress is coming along nicely. I added interactivity:

    This advantage found a woman colour’d
    Ill, stirr’d by that love’s wrong as stone,
    With fortune to the name: and
    Yet to whom nature bankrupt is flown.

    – bigrams, source: Da Bard, Da Sonnets

  4. December 21, 2011 6:34 pm

    Sweet. Looking forward to seeing it.

  5. December 22, 2011 2:42 pm

    sure, take a look, I’m still adding features but it should work with Firefox 7 and IE 9 on Windows.

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