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Poetry from Code

Vor ein paar Monaten hatte Ishac Bertran Coder dazu aufgerufen, Gedichte in Programmiersprachen einzuschicken, einzige Regeln: Die Programme dürfen 0,5kByte nicht übersteigen und müssen laufen. Das Projekt ist jetzt abgeschlossen und es gibt ein auf hundert Exemplare limitiertes Buch voller Poetry from Code. Toll!

Poetry is considered a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities. It contains multiple interpretations and therefore resonates differently in each reader. Code is the language used to communicate with computers. It has its own rules (syntax) and meaning (semantics). Like literature writers or poets, coders also have their own style that include – strategies for optimizing the code being read by a computer, and facilitating its understanding through visual organization and comments for other coders.

Code can speak literature, logic, maths. It contains different layers of abstraction and it links them to the physical world of processors and memory chips. All these resources can contribute in expanding the boundaries of contemporary poetry by using code as a new language. Code to speak about life or death, love or hate. Code meant to be read, not run.

Code Poems (via Wired)