Robert Frost, or: Meaning lost

The three quatrains below were created with an AI tool available at the “Verse by Verse” website. I penned the first line of each quatrain, and then, for the remainder, I selected lines generated by the AI, which were intended to imitate the writing style of Robert Frost.

Also, the image I selected for this blog post was generated by AI at the “Craiyon” website. To create it, I simply inserted the entire text of this AI-generated poem into the text box and pushed the ‘draw’ button. Then I cropped the image to a rectangular shape.

AI-generated poem

Soulless words don't make poetry-
The moon with clouds against her blue,
Bent over me beside the tree,
That she could form and look like you.

Nor you, nor I are in these lines-
Things simply just for their last miss.
Though a star played beside a sign,
With something of a moon like this.

Uninspired, I'm soon off to bed-
Unto me may be liked the brook.
To go on with a heavy tread,
Sometimes we have this way to look.

d’Verse poetry prompt: Meet the bar artificially

At d’Verse today, we were encouraged to see what we may do with any AI tool to write our own poems. We were asked to indicate in our responses what tools we employed and how we worked our own voices into our poems.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

65 thoughts on “Robert Frost, or: Meaning lost”

  1. You did a wonderful job here, David ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it’s safe to say that Al won’t be so popular afterall! Poets are Poets. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  2. Seeing your clearly human words start each line and then the ai always have the final sayโ€ฆ well, it did evoke an emotion in me. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Interesting experiment.

  3. As I mentioned to Lill on her AI poem, because AI uses other poetsโ€™ voices, there is nothing contemporary; they actually steal bits of poems and use the original, often archaic language, which is so out of place these days. Personally, I dislike that kind of poetry, itโ€™s stilted and unnatural. Which is why I agree wholeheartedly with your opening line, David: โ€˜Soulless words donโ€™t make poetryโ€™. The poet has to be there in the lines in some way, in the mood, atmosphere and sentiment. Poets write with heart and mean it!

  4. Interesting to recognise the style of writing as that of Robert Frost.
    Knowing it has been generated by AI influenced my feel of it.
    I loved this challenge too ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Definitely, meaning lost. Sort of confusing, in fact. I donโ€™t think we have to worry any time soon about AI taking the poetry community by storm. ๐Ÿซค

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