"To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears."

- Intimations of Immortality
by William Wordsworth

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IMITATIONS OF IMMORTALITY

are two sets of variations in deep structure of
classic poems of diverse forms and themes, written by
RAY LC and by GPT-2, a machine-learning text generation model.

The human-written works draws inspiration from events in
the author's own life, but written as variations on not only
the meter and rhyme scheme and diction of each classic work,
but deep variation on its semantics and purpose.

What is the extent of machine capabilities in writing deep
emotional and purposive variations as humans do? I trained GTP-2
on each of the 8 works, and fine-tuned each poem with my own
variation to teach it to create variations by learning to variate.

Exhibited at NeurIPS 2020: Machine Learning for Creativity and Design.