Flash Fellowship: The Re-lineator

My flash fellowship, the re-lineator, will be a digital pedagogical tool for poets, scholars, and students of poetry who are interested in exploring the interpretive possibilities posed by altering a poem’s line break.

The basic premise of the re-lineator is to create a web app that will allow students of poetry to copy and paste a free verse poem into a textbox, select a “re-lineate!” option, and then witness the program insert line breaks at random into a free verse poem while conserving the same number of lines or selecting a different number of lines. My goal is to allow students to see for themselves how line break greatly shapes rhythm and meaning in free verse poetry.

Featured Image: “Magnetic Fridge Poetry” by Steve A. Johnson

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