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Ran­jit Bhat­na­gar, 47, an artist and mu­si­cian based in New York, found po­etry on the In­ter­net, specif­i­cally on Twit­ter. By cre­at­ing an algorithm that could source tweets across the mi­croblog­ging site, he founded Pen­tametron, which houses rhyming tweets put to­gether as po­ems. The po­ems are in iambic pen­tame­ter, a com­monly used rhythm for po­ems, par­tic­u­larly in Shake­speare’s plays. The web­site, with the tagline “With al­go­rithms sub­tle and dis­crete, I seek iambic writ­ings to re- tweet”, is up­dated with dif­fer­ent 14- line po­ems ev­ery­day. While the po­ems can’t ri­val the works of Ten­nyson, Mil­ton and Frost, some­times it is hard to be­lieve that the po­ems were con­jured through a com­puter pro­gramme. They are whim­si­cal, funny and un- know­ingly pro­found.

Sam­ple an ex­cerpt from a poem that emerged on Labour Day—“I ab­so­lutely hate the let­ter K; no work to­mor­row! Happy Labour Day! :); I’ve never met a big­ger hyp­ocrite; Don’t crit­i­cise the present..... live in it.”



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