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AI has demonstrated its potential in the field of healthcare, education, space, crowd management, and even in reading and interpreting human emotions. AI researchers and experts are experimenting with the limits of artificial intelligence and its potential in penning down poetry.

A recent survey on literature in the category of machine learning and AI learning has revealed a steady progression in developing techniques to automate poetry generation.

AI Researchers are Farsighted about AI in Poetry Making

“Her eyes, twin pools of mystic light,
Forever in her radiance white—, 
She sought the bosom of the Night. 
Away it came, that mystic sight!”

— Anonymous human writer in collaboration with a poetry algorithm.

This poem was created by a machine in collaboration with a human poet. It is a Google software program known as Verse by Verse. Verse by Verse takes the first line of poetry as input and produces the subsequent lines following a definite rhyme.

Although AI algorithms have successfully generated poetic results, the quality of the poetry is fairly mediocre. AI’s attempt to generate poetry has met with resistance and indignation from authors, poets, and critics. They opine that it is impossible for AI to touch the most sublime emotions and moods that humans possess.

A Glimpse of Verse by Verse

The Google software, Verse by Verse is demonstrating abilities in producing a text by learning and interpreting a corpus of poetry by twenty-two different poets. On the website of the program, users are invited to choose their ‘muses’, three poets, and create the first line of the poetry. The software pens down subsequent lines.

Users of Verse by Verse are unsatisfied with the results. However, the software is welcomed by academicians and institutions as it ushers a new dimension to machine learning and artificial intelligence as a whole. Verse by Verse utilizes language models and programs that use machines to establish a statistical representation of how words fall beside each other to form a coherent sentence. The paradigmatic language model that the software uses is GPT-3. GPT-3 is a program launched by an OpenAI startup in San Francisco in 2020. GPT-3, the language model has demonstrated its poetic abilities by re-writing a phrase by Franz Kafka.

Verse by Verse is now used to read and understand Shakespeare’s couplets. Results on this have not been disclosed yet.

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