teenage poetry generator

this is both funny and a bit interesting. it’s the teenage (and kid) poetry generator.

first, here’s a description of how the poems are generated:

I used to work for a company with a website for kids. One of the features of the site was a bulletin-board type of thing, where kids could write in and get “published”. A lot of kids wrote in with poetry. Some of it was actually pretty good. You know, for a 12 year old.

Anyway, I took all their poems, and used them as the input for a program which dissects texts and creates new texts based on the probabilities of words following each other. It’s called “I am” because those are always the first two words of the poem. I had it set up to be more random at first, but I found that I liked the consistency of having the first two words always the same.

and example:

i am the seagull
who flies so high i
am not i am
not complete, without you,i
cannot live, my world is also your
world. even if we
float low. float over
the fair, i
know of him? do i love that
sight running around
you love is found, the songs of
children going
’round. your eyes and bow
down my spine i
start thinking about how much i do
not despair and do what’s
right. is it enough? to pray each
night forgive thy
neighbors and do what’s right. is
it enough?
to kneel by
my window wondering what
now, wondering why i’m here, just
wondering how. all my life maybe
someday i’ll be able to trust in
his arms around me i change my wayz
everyday to
keep the
sorrows and sadness away. be happy,
and plan not to
lie then i will be out
of the moniters i like what i am.

and, you can refresh the page to have it generate a new poem. good times!

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