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Virtual Muse: Experiments in Computer Poetry
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Wesleyan Univ Pr
Publication date August 1, 1996
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780819522399
ISBN-10 0819522392
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Other format details university press
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Introduces the basics of programming computers to produce poetry and examines several programs the author and his colleagues have developed (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this engaging, accessible memoir, Charles Hartman shows how computer programming has helped him probe poetry's aesthetic possibilities. He discusses the nature of poetry itself and his experiences with primitive computer-generated poetry programs and -- illustrated with sample computer-produced verses -- traces the development of more advanced hardware and software. The central question about this cyber-partnership, Hartman says, "isn't exactly whether a poet or a computer writes the poem, but what kinds of collaboration might be interesting." He examines the effects of randomness, arbitrariness, and contingency on poetic composition, concluding that "the tidy dance among poet and text and reader creates a game of hesitation. In this game, a properly programmed computer has a chance to slip in some interesting moves."

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from Wesleyan Univ Pr (September 1, 1996)
9780819522382 | details & prices | 152 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $35.00
About: Introduces the basics of programming computers to produce poetry and examines several programs the author and his colleagues have developed
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from Wesleyan Univ Pr (August 1, 1996)
9780819522399 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $16.95
About: Introduces the basics of programming computers to produce poetry and examines several programs the author and his colleagues have developed

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