Friday, April 14, 2006

Fibonacci poetry

Here
I
would like
to tell you
about a new kind
of poetry
for math lovers.



It
is
based on
a sequence
of Fibonacci
invented eight hundred years ago.



In
this
kind of
poem the
syllables number
1,1,2,3,5,8, then stop.



Do
not
blame me
if you find
this sort of poem
uninteresting. The blame goes
to one Gregory K. Pincus of Los Angeles.




(Hat tip to Mark Gluck.)

5 comments:

Carl said...

except that sometimes they can extend that to thirteen

Gregory K. said...

Or sometimes 21. I believe I had someone go to 89. Folks have written longer in the past, too, but I liked the brevity and constraint of the 20 syllable Fib. But don't blame me. Blame Fibonacci!

Thanks for the link and the Fibs.

Alejandro said...

Here

Bill

Poser

at Language Log blog

suggests that using Catalan numbers may be more fun.

Anshu Anand said...

Lateralus from tool is the "Best" lyrics/song/piece of poetry ever to have fibonacci in it ...oops...I should say ...tht's my opinion!

Michael said...

Hey!, I tried a few of these Here.