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Can Coding Bots Write Poetry?

In this article, I’ve written “Can Coding Bots Write Poetry?” one will learn if a coding bot can write a pure form of poetry, be it free verse, acrostic, cinquain, haiku, etc..

So furthermore, “Can Coding Bots Write Poetry?” I have to start with how I found out about coding & poetry. Back in October of 2017, the data team at Automattic approached me. They inquired if I was willing to participate in a scientific experiment. If I was ready to expose my poetry, I’ve written over the last year to a coding bot. I was skeptical at first, so I researched on the internet the company Automattic, only to find they are the data team that built WordPress.com. Read more about them below.

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Who is Automattic? 
We are the people behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Polldaddy, Cloudup, and more. We believe in making the web a better place.

We’re a distributed company with 671 Automatticians in 60 countries speaking 79 different languages. Our common goal is to democratize publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world. We believe in Open Source and the vast majority of our work is available under the GPL.


I got excited and inquired how I could be of help, and honored that Automattic chose the poetry from my poetry blog “Wolff Poetry.” What an opportunity? I knew a little something about coding since I dabble a little in it myself. But to help understand what coding data bot is, I grabbed some info from WhatIs.com to answer this question for you

What is a coding data bot?
In programming, code (noun) is a term used for both the statements written in a particular programming language – the source code, and a term for the source code after it has been processed by a compiler and made ready to run in the computer – the object code. (WhatIs.com and TechTarget)


The data team said they would let me know as soon as the scientific experiment finished and of the finding results. This morning, I received the email I had been waiting for for so long.

What an intriguing idea? To have a data coding bot read poetry, and furthermore, if it could and if you are curious to know if coding bots can read poetry; follow this link here to learn the results (Can coding bots write poetry?) I’m not going to spill the beans here. But the results were terrific.

Hope this article find you all have a wonderful blessed Friday! Have a fantastic weekend too!


©Linda J. Wolff (Google), and “Can Coding Bots Write Poetry?”



What is a Free Verse Poem? Typically, free verse is a patterned through speech rather than a meter. Further, this form of poetry is very open to the author’s discretion and usually does not rhyme. Such as, visual and sound effects are often employed.  It can have as many lines as the writer wishes.


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13 thoughts on “Can Coding Bots Write Poetry?”

  1. An interesting post & idea on the whole. i read the post you linked. It was very interesting. i wrote this comment there, but i think it is pertinent to put it here:

    ““The father of the light is not a fist of the bones”
    Despite being nonsensical, this is actually the closest to a standard poetic line out of the lot, in that it is a hexameter, with 5 consecutive iambs ending on an anapaest. So cool that a bot could produce this. It is even alliteratively musical, the fricatives & labials the f / l / f /b is quite nice.
    This was a very interesting read, but i don’t think i’m quite ready to hand poetry over to machines just yet.
    i am a big fan of Robert Okaji, a brilliant poet. Glad to see his works gobbled by a bot, if any poet was going to give a machine the sensitivity it needs to write a poem it would be Mr Okaji.”

    So when do you think the first chapbook written by a bot will be out?

    1. I believe probably this year! I also believe people will buy it too! Because that’s what people do is follow the latest string of whatif’s

          1. It doesn’t, so i suppose from that, its poetry will, even if it has gobbled the works of man, be inevitably read in the context of a machine. To read it & say that it doesn’t feel is pretty obvious, to take anything from its having written anything, we will have to apply it to what it is: a machine, that has written a poem. But then again, we could read it as a system programmed by a human who does think & feel, then does the machine write through some twice or thrice removed sub-conscious transfer via the human who programmed it?
            i obviously don’t know, but i won’t be reading it, if i do as if the machine is conscious— it is still inevitably an extension of man’s imminent necessity to produce tools, because he must, we can’t help ourselves.

          2. The desire to create is bred so deep. But it also is sad when that desire is driven by a machine.

          3. The machine is a problem & solution, it is always driven by us in my opinion. The reason a bot will never take over humans in writing, is because it is always going to be a controlled form of writing based on no actual emotions, humans always win there, emotions are our forte. We do them without thinking, that makes good poetry.

          4. i know you told me, but it is very nice to hear it again. Thanks.
            i am trying to push an essay that took me a couple of weeks to write, this weekend, so no poetry this week, but probably next week. i have a backlog of stuff to post always.

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