Friday, May 4, 2012

Sonnets in the Strangest Places

This crossed my facebook page this week from a friend and professor Cornell University and I thought I'd share. I'm not very active on Twitter, just haven't found a way to factor it into my schedule. But Tweets in iambic pentameter? That's something worth checking out. Here's the article on Weird Internets. Here's the rotating collection of fourteen twitter sonnets at Pentametron.

Pentametron uses an algorithm to find and retweet rhyming couplets in iambic pentameter.

And here's a sample:

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

Im never going finish this essay!
i had the best mcdonalds tea today .
Done with the social networks for tonight
But hey, whatever happens, happens right?

Still gotta pay the consequences though.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall with the bro :)
To think the Rockets drafted Rudy Gay... 😭
I wish the weekend had a extra day
Your just an angel with a broken wing.
Wow. This exploded from the smallest thing.
Feels like a roller coaster everyday
Tá super legal o panico k
We're drifting slow into the so unknown
I hope Dakota didn't break a bone.

Happy Poetry Friday! Elaine hosts the round up at Wild Rose Reader.


  1. Not quite Shakespeare, but a fun experiment! Thanks for sharing. :0)

  2. Fascinating! It could be a great way to introduce iambic pentameter.

  3. This sounds like it was fun to write! It was fun to read, too.

  4. Hi Dori! Look at how Twitter has transformed (yet subtly retained) the face of poetry. I wonder if Facebook would soon follow suit. :) May resonate with the younger kids who are digital natives. :)

  5. It's always interesting what poetry lovers do with words and now they've 'found' poetry on twitter. Thanks for sharing Doraine. I had no idea, but can imagine a collective poem written on a private twitter account with students, as Myra said.

  6. Ha! This is hilarious! It just goes to show that poetry is everywhere.