Computer collation of manuscript poetry : Dylan Thomas' "Poem on his birthday"
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Over the last two decades the computer has relieved man of many tedious chores in nearly every imaginable field. It can diagnose diseases, check income tax returns, and prepare concordances to literary works. Indeed computers have even 'written' music and poetry. However, substituting for man in the creation of poetry seems beyond the province of the computer, no matter how interesting such attempts might be. Yet a computer can aid in examining the process of man's creation of poetry. Therefore I have attempted to provide evidence for studying a poet's methods of composing a poem by using a computer to collate the manuscripts of Dylan Thomas' 'Poem on his Birthday.'