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“OUT OF FIXED PROPORTION, BEAUTY RISES”: A REVIEW OF MATHEMATICS IN FORMAL POETIC CONSTRAINT

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2018
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As Bertrand Russel once said, “The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry” (Russel 60). Poetry and mathematics are recognizably linked through aesthetics and counting at the most fundamental level, but these basic connections can be further extended to formal constraints in poetry. The link between mathematics and poetry, as well as formal poetic constraint based on mathematical structures and principles is inherently organic. The sestina and the sonnet are traditional poetic forms that contain intrinsic mathematical structures. The Fib, the S+7 algorithm, and computer-generated poetry are modern forms which have been explicitly based on mathematical structures.
Title: “OUT OF FIXED PROPORTION, BEAUTY RISES”: A REVIEW OF MATHEMATICS IN FORMAL POETIC CONSTRAINT.
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Name(s): Nielander. Tiffany, author
Blue, Meredith, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree Grantor
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: 2018
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Jupiter, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 54 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: As Bertrand Russel once said, “The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry” (Russel 60). Poetry and mathematics are recognizably linked through aesthetics and counting at the most fundamental level, but these basic connections can be further extended to formal constraints in poetry. The link between mathematics and poetry, as well as formal poetic constraint based on mathematical structures and principles is inherently organic. The sestina and the sonnet are traditional poetic forms that contain intrinsic mathematical structures. The Fib, the S+7 algorithm, and computer-generated poetry are modern forms which have been explicitly based on mathematical structures.
Identifier: FAUHT00036 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2018.
Collection: FAU Honors Theses Digital Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
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