Monday, March 17, 2008

Help with Haiku?

According to New Scientist magazine, a Japanese researcher has developed a computer program that can create haikus:

Naoko Tosa of Kyoto University in Japan has written a program that takes
two or three keywords entered by a user and creates a three-line poem
related to them in the haiku's structure of five, seven, and five syllables
per line.

To find related words, the software searches several databases,
including a thesaurus, a database that links words that relate to the same
season, and one that links onomatopoeic words.

How cool is that?

You can find the whole article here. Sadly, no links to the program itself, although I did come across a website called Computerized Haiku. Hit a button and voila! Your own randomly created haiku. This is what I got:
All blue in the fog,
I smell faint streams in the sun.
Grrr! The sun has sprung.

Love the "Grr!" Somehow, I never thought about putting that in a haiku before.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Eww. I think this sounds horrible.

contrived poetry
is all very well and good
but not by machine

Rats... I didn't manage to slip in a reference to nature. I'll try again:

poems by machine
might seem lovely and fine
Grr! where is the sky?

(I never thought of putting "Grr!" into a haiku before either.)