PREDICTIVE TEXTING FOR NATIONAL POETRY DAY

The 4th October is National Poetry Day, an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.

As this year’s theme is change, we’ve focused on creative writing in an increasingly digital world.

We’re not the only ones intrigued by the combination of robots and rhyme. Google’s researchers tested whether their AI could write poetry by feeding the system starting and ending sentences and then asking it to fill in the gap. A bot has written a Harry Potter novel; you can read ‘Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash’ here. If you’re into surreal movies, an AI wrote the (bizarre) script for a short film.

It seems like Hallmark’s Writing Studio is safe – for now…and if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them and write poetry! So our editors took to their phones, started a new message then typed the word ‘change.’ They chose one of the 3 predicted words until they formed a (semi-coherent) sentence. We arranged the surreal lines into a surprisingly profound and metaphorical poem – you can read A Predictive Change below.

Happy reading and happy poetry writing!

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Poem reads:

A Predictive Change

Change is the only thing that I could see in my life.

Change of time is good for the day;
I can see how much it will take.
Change in the morning if you get chance to stop.
Change of plan: for you to be chilled out now.
Change your mind and get over it.
Change the parade route,
then you have to get out of your pit.
Change in Edinburgh to fashion a great holiday.
Change my mind about it tomorrow,
as I can’t remember the exact direction.

Change your mind and get over it.

Change the 3D world by storm
and pass the Opportunity Age.
Change your password the next time
you go back to work.
Change your name to your email address
and send me a picture of you.

Change the way you look at me
when you’re not in my mind.

If you enjoyed our writing, why not try creating your own ‘predictable’ poem?