Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fibonacci's Revenge

Fibonacci poems are based on the Fibonacci series. The series starts with 1, and then each element in the series is the sum of the two preceding numbers: 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55, etc. In Fibonacci poems, the lengths of the lines (in words) rise or fall in accord with the Fibonacci sequence.

Once you get up to 21-word lines, it's hard to fit them into a page with normal formatting. You could have the lines wrap around, but I like the look of this type of poem with the lines fully extended. I saved the poem as an image file that you can click to enlarge.


Elrond Hubbard said...

Creative solutions, that's what I like to see! It deflects the brother, exercises the mind, and provides the perfect subject matter for this structure of poem.

On another note, Google Reader just picked this up today, a few days after you wrote it.

Lisa said...

I really like this one. I've used the Fibonacci numbers in knitting before (striping in particular) and I'm sure it's been used in music composition somewhere along the way-

Glenn Cassidy said...

Lisa, if you have anything you've made with Fibonacci in the design, could you post it on your blog? I'd love to see it.

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