Digital Poetry: An Overview

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Digital Poetry: An Overview

Key Takeaways

  • Digital poetry is created using computer algorithms or other digital tools, that can be only consumed digitally and not be printed on paper.
  • While the first instances of digital poetry date back to the 1960s, digital poetry did not gain momentum until the 1990s.
  • Major genres of digital poetry are Generative Poetry, Code Poetry, Visual Poetry, Kinetic Poetry, Multimedia Poetry, Interactive Poetry, and Hypertext Poetry.

Introduction

The following report contains research on digital poetry. The report provides a brief overview of digital poetry, its history, and some notable digital poets. It also briefly elaborates its major genres with a notable example.

Overview

Genres

  • Following are the major genres of digital poetry:
    • Generative Poetry
    • Code Poetry
    • Visual Poetry
    • Kinetic Poetry
    • Multimedia Poetry
    • Interactive Poetry
    • Hypertext Poetry
  • Generative Poetry
    • Generative poetry is created by using algorithms that use a collection of written text as a base.
    • The resulting poems are based on the collection of text provided to the algorithm.
    • One of the notable examples of generative poetry is A House of Dust by Alison Knowles and James Tenney.
    • The generative algorithm for A House of Dust continues to run indefinitely.
  • Code Poetry
  • Visual Poetry

Research Strategy

This research on digital poetry utilized the most reputed and notable sources available in the public domain. The research leveraged websites related to digital poetry and online repositories of digital poems. We also made use of websites of digital poets containing their notable works.

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