March 18, 2020

Random Poetry Line Generators

In updating the main  Poets Online website, I was reminded of two pages from 1999. They were poetry random line generators that I had created and used as a prompt.

Both pages will generate a random line that can be used to start a poem or just give you an idea for a poem based on the line. You could even generate multiple lines and try putting them together as a poem.

The idea is that it will generate a line that you would not have thought of, and because there is some randomness in the process, you will get some interesting combinations of words and phrases.

I like this one that came up for me today "After the rain of our imagination, young lovers sing."

The pages are still online, so give them a try if you need to jump start the muse.


  1. Pretty cool tool. I click both a few times, copied the lines and did some cut and paste to get:

    Beneath the surface of questioning
    the old ones turn.
    On the bed of summer,
    the seasons seek rest.
    In the water of death,
    the spirits vanish below the surface.
    Amongst the shadows of summer trees
    sleeps the meaning of death.
    Only the leaves escape,
    find desire
    and breathe.

  2. Interesting result, Penny. One limitation is that it produces lots of lines that begin with prepositional phrases, so it's probably more useful to cut up lines and uses bits and pieces.


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