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In 2003, David Rea unveiled a novel computer program which allowed poems to evolve. Starting with 1,000 random words culled from such sources as Hamlet, Beowulf and The Iliad, the program randomly assembled them to create a short verse. Visitors to his website (http://www.codeasart.com) were then given two verses and asked to choose between them. Unpopular poems were killed off and popular poems allowed to 'breed' with one another, exchanging words like genes. Rea's program also added mutations, whereby each new poem had a one-in-a-thousand chance of having a word added, dropped, or randomly moved.

[A sample:
before
poets spoon over pure poise through thee poppy
to remember war and that seduce
to light above one is
water]

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