Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995

Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995

C.T. Funkhouser


a novel and significant ancient view of the beginning of digital poetry.

For the final 5 a long time, poets have had a colourful courting with pcs and electronic expertise. This ebook is a documentary research and analytic heritage of electronic poetry that highlights its significant practitioners and the ways in which they've got used expertise to foster a brand new aesthetic. Focusing totally on courses and experiments produced prior to the emergence of the realm vast internet within the mid-1990s, C. T. Funkhouser analyzes a number of landmark works of electronic poetry to demonstrate that the principles of today’s such a lot complex works are rooted within the rudimentary generative, visible, and interlinked productions of the genre’s prehistoric period.

Since 1959, pcs were used to provide various kinds of poetic output, together with randomly generated writings, graphical works (static, lively, and video formats), and hypertext and hypermedia. Funkhouser demonstrates how undefined, programming, and software program were used to compose a variety of new electronic poetic types. numerous dozen ancient examples, drawn from all the important techniques to electronic poetry, are mentioned, highlighting the transformational and multi-faceted features of poetic composition now to be had to authors. This account
includes many works, in English and different languages, that have by no means sooner than been provided in an English-language publication.

In exploring pioneering works of electronic poetry, Funkhouser demonstrates how technological constraints that may doubtless restrict the aesthetics of poetry have in its place prolonged and enriched poetic discourse. As a historical past of early electronic poetry and a checklist of an period that has handed, this examine aspires either to persuade poets operating this present day and to spotlight what the way forward for electronic poetry may well hold.

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