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Six classic wordle poets

Wordle is “a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide.” Words that appear more often are presented more prominently. The site will make word clouds from text that you provide or from urls or even from a del.icio.us user’s tags. It’s so pointless it almost becomes interesting.

What if some well-known American writers had become wordle poets? I fed six poems into the machine and accepted the default output (except in one case where I rejected a black background).

Watch out language poets, a new movement’s afoot.

1. “The Conqueror Worm,” a wordle poem by Edgar Allen Poe

the conqueror wordle by edgar allen poe

2. “I Died for Beauty,” a wordle poem by Emily Dickinson

i died for wordle by emily dickinson

3. “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” a wordle poem by Wallace Stevens

13 ways of looking at a wordle by wallace stevens

4. “Howl,” a wordle poem by Allen Ginsberg

howling wordle by allen ginsberg

5. “A Form of Women,” a worlde poem by Robert Creeley

a form of wordle by robert creeley

6. “Recalling A Sung Dynasty Landscape,” a wordle poem by Jane Hirshfield

recalling a sung dynasty wordle by jane hirshfield

There you have it — it’s clearly a movement!

To see the original forms of these poems you will have to paste the titles in your favorite search engine. Or — recalling the deathless words of Kenneth Rexroth Patchen, “People who say they like poetry but never buy any are cheap sons of bitches” — you could buy a book.

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  1. The “sons of bitches” quote is by Kenneth Patchen, not Kenneth Rexroth.

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