A Python2 based Backus-Naur poetry generator.
This program works on the basis that every word in the English language is either "positive" or "negative." For instance "lovely" is positive and "thorn" is negative. A "poem" is a group of sentences that are structured in a way to have +1, -1 or 0 in terms of the positivity/negativity. A "mushy poem" is strictly positive.
All the syntax and word choices are in the
brain.yaml file (more info about this below).
Try the demo here.
$ docker run -p 8000:8000 schollz/poetry-generator
Now open your browser to localhost:8000!
Changes in new version
- Use YAML
- Reverted to Python2 (to use Nodebox Linguistics)
- Use Nodebox Linguistics for plurality and conjugations (saves much space)
- Poem dictation (Chrome only)
Follow these commands to generate a poem if you have minimal experience coding/etc. Open up a terminal and use
git clone https://github.com/schollz/poetry-generator.git cd poetry-generator
Install Python requirements
pip install -r requirements.txt
Download and unzip the NodeBox linguistics package:
wget https://www.nodebox.net/code/data/media/linguistics.zip unzip linguistics.zip
And then run using
waitress-serve --port=8000 poetrygenerator:application
Then open your browser to
localhost:8000 to see the poetry generator.
About the brain file
Examples of the types of words:
verb-pr = hopes verb-past = hoped verb = hope verb-inf = hoping
Currently you only need to put in the infinitive form, and the other forms will be determined automaticlaly.
I wrote a deployment script for easy NGINX deployment (keep reading). This will install NGINX blocks, as well as a Linux
init.d script to automatically start and stop gunicorn.
Edit deploy.py to change
APP_NAME = 'poetry-generator' APP_URL = 'www.poetrygenerator.ninja' APP_PORT = 8002
or leave the same - its up to you.
sudo python deploy.py install
This program now uses
virtualenv so it can be deployed with
gunicorn. The installation creates
virtualenv and downloads the packages. Then it writes a new
init.d script and sends that so that it can automatically start and stop. If you deploy, it will also generate a nginx server block so its already to go.
The program should be running and accessible on your LAN network at
When you run, you may see the following error:
[....] Reloading nginx configuration (via systemctl): nginx.serviceJob for nginx.service failed. See 'systemctl status nginx.service' and 'journalctl -xn' for details. failed!
To fix this, you just need to enable the server_names in nginx. First
sudo vim /etc/nginx/nginx.conf
And uncomment these lines:
server_names_hash_bucket_size 64; server_name_in_redirect off;
and now you should be good to go!
Thanks to nylen for greatly improving Poetry Generator, by fixing code and adding permalinks to poems!