I, for one, welcome our new Pentamatron overlord. Maybe an overlord of poetry won’t be so bad. Wait. It’s Twitter poetry? Yeah, maybe we are doomed.
Or is this just ‘the way of the future’? Literature is seriously evolving, at a rate that I can barely keep up with. And I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s noticed the ways people have been using Twitter to manipulate traditional literature. But I can tell you’re dying to here about The Grand Pentametron, so let’s continue.
I recently read this article about Ranjit Bhatbagar who invented Pentametron; it’s a program that reads every Tweet and picks out those unwittingly written in iambic pentameter. It then finds the ones that rhyme and sticks them together into neat little couplets.
Some of the poetry works well together, like this for example:
The unfamiliar is a scary place.
I hate the whole entire human race.
I’m gonna buy a gun and start a war.
My heartbeat going faster than before.
It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s different. And the fact that people are making poetry without even knowing it, is kinda cool.
Here’s one that worked out a little more surrealist than anything:
I want a honey mustard chicken wrap.
I kinda wanna take another nap.
I’m not really big on Twitter myself, I find it kind of boring. But this Pentametron thing is probably the most fun and interesting thing I’ve seen on the website. And I’m sure it won’t be the last we see of Twitter/writing mash-ups. Whether you’re more traditional, or you’re on the tech bandwagon, there’s no stopping it.
All hail Pentametron.