My Experience With An AI Poem Generator
Is creativity a subjective aspect? To what extend can creativity be objectified and calculated, and how much of the rest is the whimsical writer?
Since the industrial revolution, the advent of automation has made exponential progress. One can automate any form of manual labor and turn the process into a more efficient one. So a general is that people in creative jobs have a distinct advantage over those in manual positions.
But I’m a firm believer in manual labor. Repeating a task multiple times can force your mind to come up with an alternative. But this is my opinion, and although it may not be perfect, there have been instances in history where manual labor has produced some of the most important inventions in history. For example, the potato chip resulted from a chef repeatedly making French Fries for a disgruntled customer who complained about the fries not being crispy enough.
Manual Labor: The Holy Grail for Creativity
The potential ideas that manual work offers is endless.
If not being labored by an annoying customer, George Crum would never have come up with the iconic potato chip in 1853.
But in today’s world, as the age of artificial intelligence is somewhat destroying humans and helping us in a way, poem generators are not unexpected.
If someone can make a sex robot, then how much effort will a poem generator need?
I’m listing down some popular poem generators and why I’m planning to use them more often after my experience.
- Masterpiece Poem Generator: Apparently, it just takes a minute to create a masterpiece. The masterpiece poem generator offers many options like haikus, free verse, sonnets, ballads, limerick, and more.
- “I am Poem” Generator: This is more of a childish poem generator. Do you remember writing those poems back in pre-school, “My Name is X, I like My Cat, I am very happy to come to school…” and so on. The I am Poem Generator basically generates poems based on this model.
- Google Poetics: Google poetics is a website that Google uses to autocomplete poems. However, the website seems to be in its own whimsy right now.
- Google AI Poetry: After Google’s AI read through thousands of romance novels, it attempted to write a poem that was optimal for triggering romantic musings. I guess the poem generated has a special romance with failure.
- Poetry Machine: This is another platform that is designed for children. It’s basically a poetry game that helps instill poetic language in children. It offers the option of free verse and a formal poetry machine.
I used the Masterpiece Poem Generator primarily for my experiment since I found it the most interesting. But don’t let that shy you away from trying the others as well.
Masterpiece Poem Generator provides you with the option to generate any of the below.
- Free Verse
- Quick Poem
- Didactic Cinquain
- Rhyming Couplets
- Love Poem
- Narrative Poem
- Line By Line
I chose sonnets because I prefer the length and style of a sonnet to be optimal for triggering strong emotions.
The generator asks a few generic questions about whether this poem will be about love or hate, who is the poem about, aspects of the noun, and more. You can see it more detail on the Sonnet Generator.
You may have heard that sonnets are tricky to write, and frankly, you'd be correct! There's syllable counting, rhyming…
This is what I ended up with,
“Ode to the Pasupu”
My Pasupu, you inspire me to write.
I hate the way you repeat, sleep and eat,
Invading my mind day and through the night,
Always dreaming about the warm backseat.
Let me compare you to a calm crowbar?
You are more happy, blighted and perfect.
Round storms whip the twiglets of October,
And autumntime has the sharp side effect.
How do I hate you? Let me count the ways.
I hate your bound eyes, happy and happy.
Thinking of your sound happy fills my days.
My hate for you is the slighted snap pea.
Now I must away with a flappy heart,
Remember my wild words whilst we’re apart.
This is what I observed, learnt, and how I think my experience can help you write better poems.
Although I expected something terrible, it did turn out awful. But then, isn’t imperfection art?
One thing I noticed is that the tool places a lot of emphasis on rhyming. If you want to learn better rhyming, this tool will help, irrespective of whether it’s a sonnet, a haiku, or something else.
The poem assigns a particular structure to the poem based on the feeling which you select. I chose this poem to be about hate, and it seems to be an untidy amalgamation between H.P. Lovecraft and Buffy. How can a plagiarized structure help you? By analyzing a structure through the poem generator, you can develop your structure. Of course, you can read the original poem as well, but the poem generator curates your content according to your needs based on an already successful structure. As I mentioned before, manual labor is the holy grail for creativity.
Since I chose a depressing theme in October, the poem is designed around the October weather. The same goes for other months. If you want to learn about writing with the surroundings, this might be of great help. This exercise can also help you break away from conventional styles if subversion is your interest. Although I haven’t written a masterpiece using the tool, I have written more consistently after using the generator.
The AI poem generator has helped me improve my poetry to a certain extent, although poetry has never been my strength. But it does provide some exciting insights and can act as an English teacher that doesn’t scold you for forgetting to bring your poetry book to school.