This thingy looks for sentences or groups of sentences whose words fall in groups of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. It follows a few simple rules to discard obviously awkward breaks, although it still lets some through. Paste in the text of a book from the Gutenberg project
, a transcript of an interview
or deposition, or some dry legal document
to find the soul within.
There's also an "API" at http://mrfeinberg.com/haikufinder/text (POST with single param, "text"), for those whose browsers balk at pasting, say, the complete text of Ulysses
into the textarea.
This project was posted to MetaFilter by mdn
on September 16, 2009: Haiku Finder