Poetic forms

Poetic forms

“A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.” — William Carlos Williams

A poetic form is halfway between a set of constraints and a set of instructions. Some of these constraints/instructions are formal (e.g., rhymes, number of syllables) and some are semantic (e.g., what the poem has to be “about”).

Some examples:

… and so forth.

Compare and contrast form with techniques such as N+7, cut-ups.

Our question: Which of these forms could be composed by a computer? Which would be impossible to compose with a computer?