Tuesday, October 07, 2008

cloud

I made a word cloud out of Breach over at http://wordle.net/. How cool is this? Note to self: cut way the heck back on similes next time around... good grief. Also, I am such a NON-morning person (seriously, you don't want to be around me until I've had some coffee) that I'm very surprised "morning" came out so much bigger than "night." :)

How it works is that the words that appear more frequently are bigger. If you go over to the Wordle site you can upload your own text -- and yes, it'll take an entire manuscript in there -- and create your own word cloud. You can change the fonts, colors, etc. and then do a screen capture to save it. Or if you have Windows Vista, there's a built-in "snipping tool" that works pretty well for stuff like this.

[Edited to add: Wordle also has a gallery of clouds people have created and chosen to save publicly. This one for Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run album is pretty cool!]

(Click on it to see it larger.)

6 comments:

poetwithadayjob said...

Man I love this toy. And I am sorry but Light is a GREAT word to loom large in poetry!

...I see what you mean though, about the similes...

put them together though and your manu us like light!

Collin said...

Half way through "Breach" now and Anne I must say this collection is absolutely stunning. The poems flow beautifully and there is a melancholy lurking behind the work that seems to come and go like the birds and whales. I'll be blogging about this book over the weekend. I really just love it. Bravo!

Anne said...

PWADJ: I will not swear that I have never used the phrase "Like Light" as a title. ;) I don't think I have ... but it sounds like something I'd do. I'm so predictable sometimes.

Collin: Oh wow, thank you! You made my day... wow :)

Jessie Carty said...

It took me a while to get used to tag clouds but they are so kewl :)

Yours looks like a picture. You should sooooo print that out!

Anne said...

Jessie: Actually this one isn't a tag cloud, it just uses the words in the text and not any metadata or tagging structure... but it is pretty fun to look at, isn't it? :)

Jessie Carty said...

oh! either way it looks like artwork :)