Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Patricia at Reverie for Roundup.
So, I've been hearing so much about art that can be created using AI, that I decided I wanted to play around some with poetry. More specifically, I wanted to know: Can ChatGPT write a decent poem?
Here's what I found out:
When I typed in, "Poem about horses," here's the poem that was generated in oh, about five seconds:
Horses, majestic beasts of grace and might,
Their manes flowing in the wind, a beautiful sight.
With hooves pounding the earth, they run with wild abandon,
Their powerful muscles rippling, a sight to expand on.
Their eyes, intelligent and wise, seem to look right through you,
As if they know your secrets, and all that you do.
They are creatures of the wild, yet also tamed by man,
Loyal companions, and a joy to understand.
So here's a little poem, to honor these fine steeds,
May they always run free, and fulfill all their needs.
....so, the AI program thinks poems should rhyme, yes? And it included some basic facts about horses, which is nice... though the poem itself is kinda clunky (as many forced-to-rhyme poems are). I can see a middle school student turning this in, can't you?
Since I've been writing a lot of haiku lately, I decided to try, "haiku about the new year." After I got the first response, I hit the "regenerate" button, just to see what would happen. The results reveal one of the weaknesses of AI poetry. Read on!
Fresh start, new year
Hope and possibility bloom
Leaves of the future
A new year begins
Fresh starts, new hopes and dreams
Leaves of the past fade
Fresh start, new year's dawn
Resolutions, hope, and renewal
Leaves of the past turn
Fresh year, new start
Leaves of the past fall away
Embrace the unknown