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Shakespeare Tweets! Retweets

In Interesting and funny on April 13, 2012 at 17:29

Really innovative and were Shakespeare to Tweet what it would have been?

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Shakespeare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If Shakespeare was around today he would have undoubtedly used Twitter, and he probably would have loved this.

It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to follow him. I suppose every now and then your feed would pop up with a little nugget of literary might that sends the re-tweet world into overdrive.

While these poems are a far cry from his escalated word-smithery, they are still very entertaining.

They are winding sonnets reflecting moods from around the world, touching on topics of the day, drawing individual thoughts and musings and entwining them into prose.

They are made by a website — or automated system of some kind — that simply peruses the world of micro blogging, searching for iambic pentameter to piece together into sonnets.

The site, Pentametron, simply says: “With algorithms subtle and discrete / I seek iambic writings to retweet.” Above winding tales of frenzied anecdotal narrative.

It builds the sonnets by “digging through hundreds of thousands of tweets per hour,” looking for the rare few which happen to be written in the traditional construct. They are then posted on the Pentametron Twitter feed, and published on the website.

It is a clever system, and a creative one too. The website explains how it works — in simple terms, thank goodness:

“Pentametron takes each of the 30-60 tweets it receives each second, and looks up each word in a dictionary which lists the stress patterns of every word. If the rhythms of all the words put together seem to add up to iambic pentameter, Pentametron retweets the tweet. In the future, when it has more data to work with, it’ll start trying to create rhymes.”

Such new-age media creativity rarely goes unnoticed, not when it is as interesting as this, and as comical, too. The poems are an eclectic mix of often random, usually trivial thoughts that alone stand forgotten; but together, make up some sort of story. They will be better still if and when they rhyme.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-barrie/pentametron-twitter_b_1417443.html?ir=Weird%20News

With algorithms subtle and discrete
I seek iambic writings to retweet.

RT @kittyphilia
about 1 minute ago
in spiders eyes a man becomes a fly.
RT @NelleJolie_
about 5 hours ago
Show me a lil appreciation please .
RT @BonnieBlazin_
about 7 hours ago
You had the ball and couldn’t make the shot,,,
RT @ayebroitskelly_
about 8 hours ago
No more procrastinating, shower time :D
RT @alexa_matos
about 8 hours ago
Hoes want attention, women want respect .
RT @Just_BeinqLOVIE
about 8 hours ago
Im Getting Sleepy GoodNight FUCK THE BULLS . :)
RT @jjjesssii
about 8 hours ago
I cannot get in.shower fast enough
RT @YouAlreadySnoMa
about 8 hours ago
Love isn’t complicated , people are..
RT @jamesespinoza94
about 8 hours ago
That was a really sloppy ending tho..
RT @Co0oJay
about 8 hours ago
No flex… Chicago did the do tonight
RT @smr1353
about 8 hours ago
Your just a little devil aren’t you?
RT @TDA_11
about 8 hours ago
Bout to devour this McDonalds tho
RT @Air_Ezy
about 8 hours ago
I wanna dance and love and dance again!
RT @1DUpdatesAU
about 9 hours ago
to Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth!!!

http://pentametron.com/

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