Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Wordle speaks directly to my love of colour and fonts and things that just look pretty married to my interest in not doing much work. Basically, it is the perfect confection. I plug in randomly selected text and out pop "beautiful word clouds". Finally, truth in advertising. :o)

Here is William Blake's The Tyger as word cloud:

the tyger wordle

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As an aside, this is one of my favourite poems so might as well take the opportunity to post it.

The Tyger by William Blake

Tyger Tyger. burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye.
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat.
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp.
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile His work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

And some Bohemian Rhapsody:

bohemian rhapsody wordle

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Go on, you have to give Wordle just one try!

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