📃 Poe - The Autonomous Poet (Major UI Update/Can now write Haikus)
joshwood (117)

How to use


After starting the program you will be greeted with the main menu. You will want to choose "Train Poe" to train Poe a text. You can then choose which text you would like to train Poe. There are a couple texts to choose from by default, but if you would like to train him using something else, simply just upload a .txt file of it into the texts folder. It will automatically show up in the list of available texts. You may also train it using multiple texts. Just train Poe one, then the next. He will remember both.

After you are finished training Poe, you will want to return to the main menu. Then choose to either generate a sonnet or haiku. After that, you will be prompted to enter the poem's topic. This can be anything as long as it is only one word. It works better to select a topic that relates to texts Poe wrote about.

Poe will then attempt to create a sonnet about the topic you chose. It usually will take him 10-20 seconds to do this, but it can sometimes take longer. The poem will be displayed on your screen as well as saved to poems.txt.

Poe will remember what you trained him after you generate a poem, so you can generate more poems without retraining him. If you want to train Poe using a different text, just choose the reset option and retrain him.

I recommend trying to train Poe using a variety of texts. You can get some pretty funny poems by doing that.

Example Poems

Sonnet about love: (Trained by a collection of Edgar Allen Poe's writing)

Sonnet about religion: (trained by The Bible):

Haiku about love (trained by the Timecube)

How it works

Poe creates sonnets by reading a large text and learning what words are commonly used alongside other words. The text that Poe is trained off of is "input.txt". He also uses the Datamuse API to find the syllables of a word as well as find which words rhyme with each other. Each time the Datamuse API is called, he parses and saves the response. This helps reduce the required API calls to create a sonnet which makes him faster as time goes on.

Planned Updates (in no particular order)

  • Train Poe from a web domain
  • Limerick creation
  • Improved stats
  • Improved code documentation
  • Bug fixes (primarily the line skip bug)

Update Log

  • Monday, February 4th - Poe first released
  • Wednesday, February 6th - Major UI overhaul, added support for training of multiple text files
  • Thursday, February 7th - Added support for Haikus

Known Issues

Sometimes Poe will fail to generate a single line and omit it from the sonnet. This will result in a blank line being printed where the line of poetry would've been. I'm working on finding the cause/solution.

This is one of my first large programming projects and I worked really hard on it. I appreciate any suggestion's/upvotes. :)
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NicholasTapkas (1)

How on earth did you get the training time so low then get such high quality ouputs? It trains in a matter of seconds, then gives an output of an AI that's trained for days... Is this a Char-RNN AI? I really need to know.

joshwood (117)

@NicholasTapkas Haha I appreciate the enthusiasm but the output isn't that high of quality. Maybe you just got lucky and got some good ones on the ones you tried.

I'm not sure if the program even qualifies as a real AI. It just reads the input to find which words most commonly follow other words. It generates each line of poetry based off of the last word by adding a word onto the start of the line that commonly precedes the first word. I did a poor job explaining that. But it's considered a Markov Chain. It also does some extra stuff using the Rhymezone API to make the outputted lines the correct number of syllables and makes them rhyme. Also words that Rhymezone says fits within your topic are used more.