Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bring out the budding poet in you with #Poetweet – a new site that turns your tweets into poetry

Jennifer McShane

For those of you that have always wanted to try your hand at poetry, but have been too scared to try, there is a new website to help you on your artistic journey – using your tweets.

The Brazil Contemporary Art Centre in San Paolo have created a new website called ‘Poetweet,’ designed to turn your tweets into poetic works of art.

The website gives you the option of transforming your 140-character musings into three types of poems: a Sonnet (made popular Shakespeare), Rondel (French lyric Poetry), or indriso (a format created by Spanish poet, Isidro Iturat, derived from the Sonnet).

After a few moments, you are rewarded with a poem, which combines various elements of your tweets. The results are often whimsical and wacky, and more often than not, they don’t make sense, but it all adds to the fun.

From the website, you need to have posted at least 160 tweets for it to work.

The creators note that although the tool is in itself a very simple one (the interface works seamlessly alongside Twitter), the process that goes into putting the pieces together, is a little more complicated.

“The poems are made ​​by combining all user tweets and finding rhymes between them, creating curious results and sometimes surreal,” the creators explain on their website.

As long as you’re signed in, you can enter anyone’s twitter name (as long as their profile is public) and pick a poem style of your choice.

Anyone who has ever wanted a poem ‘written’ for them from their favourite celebrity will be delighted to hear that this can now be yours, by just clicking a button. 

The service is available in English and Portuguese.

As well as putting your own tweets through the programme, it is also a lot of fun to put through famous literary figures (Sylvia Plath), authors (Marian Keys), rugby legends (Brian O’Driscall), pop stars (Justin Bieber) or actors (Amy Huberman) and admire the results.

The #poetweet hashtag has really taken off on Twitter, with users flocking to the site to create their poems of choice, and posting the unique results on social media.

The site is over at: http://poetweet.com.br/

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