Camels and Needles: Computer Poetry Meets the Perl Programming Language

Sharon Hopkins Rauenzahn

Abstract


Although various forms of literature have been created with the assistance of a computer, and even been generated by computer programs, it is only very recently that literary works have actually been written in a computer language. A computer-language poem need not necessarily produce any output: it may succeed merely by fooling the parser into thinking it is an ordinary program. The Perl programming language has proved well-suited to the creation of computer-language poetry.

 

[Editor's Note: This article appeared in The Perl Review 0.1 (2002): 37-49. Print.]

 


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