This is a weird interface for making poetry using L-Systems. How it works: Paste a source text below, and then write a series of symbols and production rules for those symbols. As you move the "Depth" slider, the interface recursively expands the symbols with those production rules, creating a string of characters. These characters are interpreted as instructions for how to traverse a source text. (E.g., a P means "print the current word and move to the next"; a N means "display a new line.") It's sort of like drawing an L-System with turtle graphics except, you know, with words instead of pictures. Tap the ? symbols below for more hints and tips. Enjoy! (dismiss)
Source text ?
Type or paste text here. This will be the source text for your L-System poem. You can use a text of any length! If the instructions would cause the current position to lie beyond the end of the text, the generation procedure will wrap around to the beginning. Recommended source texts: modernist poetry, political speeches, old LiveJournal entries.
- P: Print the current word and advance to the next.
- +: Advance one word without printing.
- -: Move back one word without printing.
- N: Create a line break.
- T: Print a tab character.
- [: Store the current position on the stack.
- ]: Restore a previously stored position.
Generated instructions ?
The output of your source text and rules. For best effect, read it aloud, all the while imagining yourself bathed in spotlight, standing in a modestly-sized performance venue, an attractive and entranced audience before you.