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Beginning Verses

June 10, 2011

I have been working on generating verse based on the Indian epic the Mahabharata in the poetic form of anushtup. At least, I am attempting to capture the rhythm as much as possible. Ultimately for my piece here (Jaaga Voice) the form of the poem will be drawn from anushtup but the content will be derived from a subset of text on the web relating to Jaaga (art, tech, India, etc.). Here are a few verses generated by the program that I enjoyed today:

like a lordly lions den base
bright in circling flashes shook
beasts and birds in consternation
from thy starry mansions husband

dangers bring no woe or sorrow
and arrows and in fear and his
loving daughter let a fathers
end the mortal birth like the peaks

drona took the beauteous offspring
but frantic karna fought reckless
as a slave and dasaputra
vyasas great and warlike sword

I am still refining the details of the algorithm so hopefully the form will only improve but I am pretty happy with the results so far. Next step is to add a sense of word /stress/ so it flows more smoothly.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Happy Dwarf permalink
    June 11, 2011 8:05 am

    reflections of ancient verses
    like an old familiar poem
    allude new meaning; like never before
    cuts through creativity; a warlike sword
    and he roars there is nothing to worry about!

  2. June 14, 2011 12:46 pm

    Presumably the vocab for those lines comes from the English-language Mahabharata..? ‘Beauteous’

    I’m curious as to what aspects of Mahabharata rhythmic technique you are incorporating.

    • June 14, 2011 12:53 pm

      Yes an English translation from Project Gutenberg. In this version I am creating 4 lines of 8 syllables each. The algorithm does make mistakes on words it doesn’t know, but it is surprisingly accurate!

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