Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron
Author: Ranjit Bhatnagar
Publisher: Counterpath Press (2018)
While attempting to make a musical instrument based on spoken English, Ranjit Bhatnagar realized he could use the computer to find poetic forms in written texts. The result was Pentametron, a program that finds iambic pentameter in Twitter's endless linguistic torrent and collects it in rhymed couplets. Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron consists entirely of these tweets, automatically assembled into sonnets. Bhatnagar chose his favorite sonnets from hundreds that were generated, adding punctuation according to his own whims. Each chapter of the book conforms to a different formal constraint exemplified by its title.