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Evolving Poetry

The Darwinian Poetry Generator is still going.

here’s the idea: starting with a whole bunch (specifically 1,200) randomly generated groups of words (our “poems”), we are going to subject them to a form of natural selection, killing off the “bad” ones and breeding the “good” ones with each other. If enough generations go by, and if the gene pool is rich enough, we should eventually start to see interesting poems emerge.

The cool part is that YOU are the arbiter of what constitutes “good” and “bad” poetry. Once you start, you will be presented with two poems. In all likelihood they will both be abysmal pieces of nonsensical garbage. That’s ok. All you have to do is read them both and pick the one you find more appealing, for whatever reason.

It’s been evolving towards semantics…

One choice presented was this

frost fall and farther and oh a passion imagine humming forest like ages and derailing sure revealing
oracles enchanting chasms
for you stars

versus that:

again tonight
you made thin conversation
little meaningful mood and shroud
miserable stones
one dream is and

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  1. This was a lot of fun to read through!

    - judes (from lj)August 2, 2009 @ 11:22 am

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