When I pressed the button asking Sudowrite to continue “Kubla Khan” in an “ominous” style, it generated the following:
I find this beautiful, memorable. If you told me that Coleridge wrote it, I would believe you. The machine even put in the indents.
um, well, myself, no i’m not so enthralled . . . i mean, the ‘end’ of kubla khan is:
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.
imvho, we are aimed like a missile by coleridge
but this cyber-scribbling is aimless . . . pointless . . .
the sort of pseudo-spiritual vagueries that DO seem popular these days
perfectly capable of duplicating the egregious duplicities of Ern Malley.
cyber-scribblers will need to draw on not only the ouevre of the author(s)
but also the contemporary ambient intellectual milieu of the author(s)
IF authenticity is desired . . .
IF INSTEAD, it is excellence we require, then
some select canonical representation will be more effective. . . .
leading no doubt to a homogenized excellence
that would be satisfactorily replicable
to the most stringent AI QA . . .
we might believe that
would require fresh infusion of new canonical material
<apart from the cyber-generated, if you see how i mean>
but this could just be backfilling of the canonical database
for what is scribbling but re hashing of past themes,
re-purposing narratives within a framework
of McWhorter’s “Words on the Move”
computers can do that . . .
this is an automation of the “million monkeys on a million typewriters to produce ‘Hamlet'”
the rest, the 999,999 would be visual poetry . . . 8^D . . .