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'In the Desert' Mad Libs

Experiments with NLTK, syllable analysis, and a Stephen Crane poem Inspired by @JustToSay

Example Result

python crane_bot.py

In the birch forest hills
I saw a bartender, lithic, beastial
Who, setting on the ground
Held their brow in their hands
And ate of it.

I said, "Is it good, friend?"
It is sour - sour, they answered;
"But I like it
Because it is sour
And because it is my brow"

Twitter Bot

@bitter_desert

Poem Template

In the NOUN (BIOME)
I saw a NOUN, ADJECTIVE, bestial,
Who, VERB (PRESENT PARTICIPLE) upon the ground,
Held POSSESSIVE PRONOUN NOUN in POSSESSIVE PRONOUN hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is ADJECTIVE (FLAVOR),” PRONOUN answered;

“But I like it
Because it is ADJECTIVE (FLAVOR),
And because it is my NOUN.”

Corpora Collectors

"Creature" replacements

  • Collector searches through WordNet for synonym groups and their hyponyms.
  • Two-syllables only, filtered by textstat library

"Naked" replacements

  • Collects two-syllable adjectives from WordNet

"Squatting" replacements

  • Collects present participle (ending in "ing") of single-syllable verbs using the pattern library, WordNet, and textstat

"Heart" replacements

  • Recursive method that retrieves meronyms of the word "body", as in "the physical structure of a person or animal"
  • Searches for single-syllable meronyms. Decided to go with single-syllable to maintain meter somewhat and avoid terms that sounded too medical

"Bitter" replacements

  • I had a difficult time searching for flavor-specific words with NLTK, so I selected a corpus from some food-related website.

"Desert" replacements

  • Snagged a list from the Minecraft wiki. (It's odd to think about blending the imagery of this poem and Minecraft.)

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