Synthetic poetry (was Re: OT More Quizzes)

Roger Burton West roger at firedrake.org
Mon Jan 31 18:01:23 EST 2005


On Mon, Jan 31, 2005 at 02:44:06PM +0100, hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk wrote:

>I spent a seminar last week discussing exactly this! Specifically, if
>the sea cast up some shells onto the beach in such a pattern that they
>resembled the written words of a Shakespeare sonnet, would it be a
>poem, or just a poem-shaped pattern? (John Searle discusses something
>like this, somewhere.)

It has been done (though arguably with a little more consciousness
involved): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2541761.stm

Roger

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