I can’t really say for sure if these would be called “tools,” but I thought they were interesting. While I was writing part the text for today’s post titled “Into The Speckless Sky,” I wanted to check on how much like a poem some parts were.
Those were where Amelia described a remarkable flight she made. Since I’ve said before she has the heart of a traveler and poet, I thought it might be good to have her words in poetic form. While editing, I found these two companion websites: Poetry Assessor and Lyric Assessor.
You simply copy and paste some of your text in, and you will find out how it ranks based on more well-known texts.
On the Poetry Assessor, my text scored 0.3 out of a possible 5.0 which is not good. I guess I’m not a poet!
On the Lyric Assessor, the same text scored 4.5 out of a possible 5.0 which is good! I guess I’m more of a song writer? Should Amelia be singing? (Actually I think Pearl is more the songstress, particularly when she is wearing her Let’s Go Bananas hat.)
Anyway, that little test did convince me to not try to present the text with poetic formatting!
Just wanted to pass these two websites along. It may be fun for some of you to try out, but I don’t think anyone should say “I’m a lousy poet” or “I’m a lousy lyricist” from doing this. (They seem to be of an academic exercise for someone.)
To me, the bottom-line question is this: “Do the words touch another heart?” If the answer is “Yes,” then nothing else matters. Call it what you will. Format it however you will. Just touch another heart.