By C.T. Funkhouser
A novel and significant historic view of the beginning of digital poetry.
For the final 5 a long time, poets have had a colourful dating with desktops and electronic expertise. This publication is a documentary examine and analytic historical past 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 area vast internet within the mid-1990s, C. T. Funkhouser analyzes quite a few landmark works of electronic poetry to demonstrate that the rules of today’s so much complicated works are rooted within the rudimentary generative, visible, and interlinked productions of the genre’s prehistoric period.
Since 1959, pcs were used to provide different types 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 quite a number new electronic poetic types. numerous dozen ancient examples, drawn from the entire main ways to electronic poetry, are mentioned, highlighting the transformational and multi-faceted elements of poetic composition now to be had to authors. This account
includes many works, in English and different languages, that have by no means earlier than been awarded in an English-language publication.
In exploring pioneering works of electronic poetry, Funkhouser demonstrates how technological constraints that may probably restrict the aesthetics of poetry have in its place prolonged and enriched poetic discourse. As a historical past of early electronic poetry and a list of an period that has handed, this research aspires either to persuade poets operating at the present time and to spotlight what the way forward for electronic poetry may well hold.