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
Okay. What's up with the "leaves?" Is this the only nature image that AI can find to fit my search requirements? Also, each one includes rather mundane words like, "fresh" "year" "new" "start" "hope" "past"...
I do love the message of Haiku #4. Yes, language is expected, but it works.
Which is your favorite?
So, my conclusions are these:
1. Poetry still needs humans.
2. If a poet is feeling stuck, AI might be a useful tool to get the creative juices flowing.
3. One way to "check" on the uniqueness of our own poems might be to run an AI chat like this one. If our poem-draft has these messages or these particular words, we might need to dig a bit deeper.
And now, I give you my final ArtSpeak: Animals poem!
This has been such a fun series to work on.
I started the year writing poems about virtues, and how they might be represented by animals.
I discovered the Picasso line drawings in summer, and that kept me going for a while.
These last weeks have taken on an additional "red," theme, which is something I keep coming back to.... apparently I am really drawn to art that features red!
More than half the poems I wrote were haiku (not my intention, just something that happened)! Today's poem is is both red and a haiku...and is how I'm feeling as we move into the new year. Yay!
the sky is burning
crows carry dreams on their wings
Thank you for following along. I've very excited to see what adventures 2023 brings for all of us! xo