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(Uproxx)   Can you to tell the difference between bad human poetry and bad robot poetry?   (uproxx.com) divider line 76
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2014-03-12 01:55:07 AM  

Johnny_Canuck: Nope. I can't tell the difference.


The lens flare's a dead giveaway.
 
2014-03-12 02:06:31 AM  
Depends on who you get and if you read poetry every now and then. Basic flow tends to give it away.  Robert Lowell and Rilke and some older poets are pretty easy to tell. Ditto any contemporary poets who isolate ideas as individual lines. The bot-generated stuff was a little wonkier and the words seemed placed based on rules rather than written out with even vague purpose.

Gertrude Stein sounds like a crazy robot, though. But if you tried to read Tender Buttons twice as an undergrad, you can still tell it's Gertrude Stein and technically human.

/got it right about 90% of the time
//oddly also got the Gertrude Stein ones right
 
2014-03-12 02:11:49 AM  
Apparently..yes. 30+ in, all correct... the bot gabble is an easy spot.
 
2014-03-12 02:58:38 AM  
8 out of 10. But I am an IT guy, so I know how computers think. Except for those wacky 8 core Xeons.
 
2014-03-12 03:04:38 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Gyrfalcon: Well, first let's define "poetry," shall we? Just because it has iambic pentameter and is vaguely profound in a meaningless way doesn't mean it's "poetry."

Yeah, that's setting the bar waaaaaaay too high for the vast majority of human poets to qualify.


Precisely.
 
2014-03-12 03:15:03 AM  
"Can you to tell the difference between bad human poetry and bad robot poetry?"

The difference is that bad humans write most of the best poetry, while bad robots are too busy shooting meatbags to write much poetry.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
If you're Sarah Connor
I'm here to kill you
 
2014-03-12 03:18:33 AM  
Serendipitous
assembly of words by bot
too profound for you
 
2014-03-12 03:52:18 AM  
In Stanislaw Lem's Cyberiad, Trurl builds an electronic poet which his rival Klapaucius challenges

http://www.art.net/~hopkins/Don/lem/WonderfulPoems.html
 
2014-03-12 03:55:28 AM  
I'm sure you will improve with time
But i can't wait
I have a tumor in my head
I'm kidding
Go away
 
2014-03-12 04:24:11 AM  
Half lost on my firmness gains to more glad heart,
Or violent and from forage drives
A glimmering of all sun new begun
Both harp thy discourse they march'd,
Forth my early, is not without delay;
For their soft with whirlwind; and balm.
Undoubtedly he scornful turn'd round ninefold,
Though doubled now what redounds,
And chains these a lower world devote, yet inflicted?
Till body or rare, and best things else enjoy'd in heav'n
To stand divided light at ev'n and poise their eyes,
Or nourish, lik'ning spiritual, I have thou appear.
--Henley

(computer-generated poem)
 
2014-03-12 04:32:08 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Well, first let's define "poetry," shall we? Just because it has iambic pentameter and is vaguely profound in a meaningless way doesn't mean it's "poetry."


Have you read Gibbon? He's not a poet but the way he wrote is so eloquent and with such ringing lyricism that it might as well be.

Shakespeare rocks too!!
 
2014-03-12 04:42:53 AM  

docmattic: There once was a man from Nantucket...


He requested his dear wife to suck it,

She declined quite profusely,

Left the good man abrubtly,

He then ruined your day by not

ending the 'poem' correctly.

/He he
 
2014-03-12 04:46:14 AM  

47 is the new 42: unyon: Hey, it's Douglas Adams' birthday.  We better chuck Vogon poetry into the mix too.

I'm surprised a reference to Vogon poetry took five posts, and I did not know that it was Douglas Admas's birthday.


It didn't really. It was the first thing I thought of while reading TFA.
 
2014-03-12 06:27:37 AM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Spring has sprung
the grass has riz
I wonder where
the birdies is?


I liked the Burma Shave version:

Spring has sprung
the grass has riz
where last year's
careless driver is
 
2014-03-12 09:12:57 AM  
Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today,
I wish, I wish he'd go away...

--  Hughes Mearns

/a FARK poem if there ever was one
 
2014-03-12 09:25:46 AM  
To be or not to be that is the gazornanplat.
 
2014-03-12 09:43:08 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Well, first let's define "poetry," shall we? Just because it has iambic pentameter and is vaguely profound in a meaningless way doesn't mean it's "poetry."


Right. That thing doesn't even rhyme.
 
2014-03-12 09:45:05 AM  
Bad poetry?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-12 10:05:12 AM  
Do people really read poetry anymore? I've always had the impression that song lyrics have supplanted poetry.
 
2014-03-12 10:07:03 AM  
Really old chap !?

rileysrandomreview.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-12 10:21:10 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Has  Paul Neil Milne Johnstone weighed in yet?


www.naderlibrary.com

How about his alter-ego, Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings?
 
2014-03-12 10:24:06 AM  
I'm guessing robot poetry won't require it's listeners to gnaw off their own legs in a desperate attempt at self preservation.
 
2014-03-12 10:27:29 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Do people really read poetry anymore? I've always had the impression that song lyrics have supplanted poetry.


Yes. People read poetry.

from "The Early Purges" by Seamus Heaney

I was six when I first saw kittens drown.
Dan Taggart pitched them, 'the scraggy wee shiats',
Into a bucket; a frail metal sound,

Soft paws scraping like mad. But their tiny din
Was soon soused. They were slung on the snout
Of the pump and the water pumped in.

'Sure, isn't it better for them now?' Dan said.
Like wet gloves they bobbed and shone till he sluiced
Them out on the dunghill, glossy and dead.

*****
(Chosen for the audience here. What could be more Farkish than killing cats?)
 
2014-03-12 10:34:47 AM  
8/10

But I still get confused by religious texts. I assume most were written by bots.

Example, bot or not?

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
But after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
Having itching ears
 
2014-03-12 12:15:48 PM  
img4.wikia.nocookie.net

Didn't know they write poems now too
 
2014-03-12 04:08:11 PM  
Nothing is worse than angsty high school student poetry.
I'd honestly rather read the nonsense, randomized word vomit from a robot.
 
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