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Are you a nature lover or a poetry enthusiast?

If yes, you might want to give John Clare‘s poetry a try.

Clare’s words have a way of making you feel like you are one with nature. From the chirping of birds to the rustling of leaves, his poetry captures it all.

Recently, I discovered a fun way to experience his poetry in a new light. I asked ChatGPT to rewrite the first verse of his poem “What is Life?”. (It’s one of my favourites. The first three lines are on my parents’ gravestone.)

Here’s Clare’s poem:

And what is Life? An hour-glass on the run,
A mist retreating from the morning sun,
A busy, bustling, still-repeated dream.
Its length? A minute’s pause, a moment’s thought.
And Happiness? A bubble on the stream,
That in the act of seizing shrinks to nought.

And here’s ChatGPT’s version:

What is Life but a fleeting sight,
A mist that fades with morning light,
A never-ending, repetitive scheme?
Its length? A mere second, a passing gleam.
And Happiness? A bubble on the stream,
That as you reach for it, pops like a dream.

I thought the result was quite amazing!

ChatGPT’s poem retained the essence of the original poem while adding a fresh perspective to it.

Why not take a moment to read some of John Clare’s poetry and see if it inspires you?

And if you want to have some fun, try asking ChatGPT to re-write one of his poems (or poems written by your favourite poet). You might be surprised at what you discover!

2 Comments

  1. What a great idea, I will ask Chat GPT to rewrite the poem Panther from Rainer Maria Rilke, one of my favorites.🙏

    Reply
    • Great. If you like the result, Nicole, you could post it here (or send it to me privately!).

      Reply

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