RWET: Assignment 4

Our Modern Love Story

– Yves Pokakunkanon

This assignment is heavily inspired by ‘So Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder’. In one of the chapters, the writer describe her relationship with the person she was seeing at that time in a very sarcastic way. I really enjoyed this kind of writing and I think this is the chapter I like most out of the entire book. Below is some of my most favorite quotes from that chapter. They are concise yet powerful.

“I’m in love with you and you don’t want anything to do with me so I think we can make this work: a love story.”

“Let’s pretend you are capable of being who I think I need you to be: a love story.”

“We’re going to spend the rest of our lives together in my head: a love story”

Melissa Broder, So Sad Today: Personal Essays

I wanted to create something similar to this. Something that explores how human mind work in certain situations. Something that sounds contradicting yet reasonable in some ways.

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My poetic form is called ‘How Our World Works In A Weird Way’. It consists of 5 lines in total. The first line is a statement, followed by a conjunction, an argumentative statement , the conclusion/consequence of the first two statements and ends with the title of the poem.

The source text for line 1 and line 3 are the compliments and complaints my girlfriend and I gave each other over text messages. And for conclusion (line 4), the phrases are mostly selected from my favorite Lana Del Rey lyrics. I used Tracery this time and I think it made it so much easier and faster to code this style of poetry generator.

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I first planned for each poem to have 3 sets of line 1-4 before putting the title at the end. I did get some interesting results from it. However, after experimating and playing around with construction and line break, I decided to not go with the repetitiveness and removed the loop (for i in range(3)).

I also removed some of the words I felt was sabotaging the mood of the whole poem. For instance, I removed ‘That’s why’ in the begining of line 4 and ‘also’ in line 3. (Below is the example of how the poem was constructed before any adjustments)

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I am very happy with the outcome this time! Some of the poems has this very dry yet satisfying humor to it. I’m eager to play around with another set of source text and see how the result will be!

Link to code.

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