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    21st Century Poet

    I don't usually post my own work here, but I currently writing a critical essay on the piece and figured I may as well share it with my favourite browser-based-community.

    It's an experimental poem called 21st Century Poet, experimental poems are supposed to mess with formatting and structure whilst challenging ideas about traditional forms; to do this I decided to write a love letter in the C programming language.

    Here it is:

    /* Before I begin there are some things I must declare: */
    #include<stdio.h>
    /* Nothing spectacular Iím sure youíll agree, */
    /*Simple enough, pure efficiency */
    char love;
    /* Everyone tells me poetry is romantic, ďa sure fire way to win a girls heartĒ */
    /* And Iíll admit, I tried, but itís just not happening, */
    /* The rhyming, the inefficiency of words is staggering, frankly */
    /* And what possible function */
    void
    yay(void){
    printf (" \n");
    }
    /* Could there be to hiding a meaning? The purpose of language is to communicate; why needlessly increase the margin for error? */
    void
    rejection(void) {
    for(;{ /* This is awful */
    printf (" \n");
    }
    }
    /* This isnít working, the writers you admire? I am better than them*/
    /* Shakespeare? Sonnet 18 amazing? */
    /* You should see what I can do in 14 lines! */
    main()
    /* I am a 21st Century Poet, every line of my poetry has meaning */
    /* Every word, every character, perfection */
    /* If you think writing in iambic pentameter is hard, try Malbolge */
    /* ('&%:9]!~}|z2Vxwv-,POqponl$Hjig%eB@@>}=<M:9wv6WsU2T|nm-,jcL(I&%$#"
    `CB]V?Tx<uVtT`Rpo3NlF.Jh++FdbCBA@?]!~|4XzyTT43Qsqq(Lnmkj"Fhg${z@> */
    /* And goodbye sanity */
    /* Iím rambling, to the point! */
    {
    printf("Do you love me? Y/N \n");
    /* Iím not flowery, my works arenít layered with hidden meaning; I know you like that kind of thing but I just canít do it */
    scanf("%c", &love);
    /* This clearly isnít traditionally romantic */
    if(love == 'Y')
    {
    yay();
    }
    /* But I hope you can see */
    else
    {
    rejection();
    }
    /* For me this is poetry */
    return (0);
    }

    Despite writing it by hand the damn thing actually compiles.

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    Re: 21st Century Poet

    It's a very interesting concept, but I'm not good with that technical language, so I struggled to read it haha.

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    Re: 21st Century Poet

    My critical essay is effectively 7000 words stating that poets wont understand the allusions and actual poetry whereas programmers won't understand the techniques like meta-allusion that's used to make them!

    Somewhat shot myself in the foot with this one...

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    Re: 21st Century Poet

    Hm. Like I said, a really interesting concept, just one that would only reach a certain target audience. I mean, the general poetic value that I can see is quite good, and I wish I knew the whole technical side a bit more.
    It's original, which is good to see.

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    Re: 21st Century Poet

    Made me lol, I understood a lot of that since my brother uses C-programming language a lot.

    Really like the poem too


 

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