What?

The beautiful language of past and present masters are ripe for reuse in new and creative ways, and what medium is more amenable to the task than poetry?

How?

Whether it's classic poems remixed into new poems, or online articles "erased" and sculpted into new expressions, poets use found language to critique or express. Algorithmic approaches have also been added to the arsenal, making for a true digital hybrid of our language heritage.

Why?

"Poetry is fantastic, but in recent years it has disappeared up its own arse. While the trend (if you want to call something continuing for hundreds of years a trend) has been to go on milking every last ounce of meaning and expression from the dry teat of the soul, here at Poetry WTF?! we take a different view. We look at the wonderful and overflowing abundance of words left by past masters, and the even greater abundance of crazy words floating around the internet, and use them as raw material."

Enough said.

What?

PoetryDB is the internet's first API for next-gen digital poets.

How?

Use standard API calls to gather poetry data for your poetry mash-ups.

Why?

The web is full of poetry for humans, but creative digital poets have no standard way to acquire poetry data, instead "scraping" it from the usual poetry websites. Poetry DB fills this gap by providing a standard API (Application Programming Interface) for reading poetry data.

What?

Old poems are given new clothes to wear in this mash up of evergreen classics and custom vocabulary.

How?

Poem Crunch uses a context free grammar to interpolate words and phrases with poetry structures and generate new poems on demand.

Why?

The great classic poems have a certain magic about them, and these auto generated poems demonstrate that algorithmic approaches to poetry can produce amusing and highly readable results.

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