AI Can Do A Sonnet But It Can Never Be Shakespeare – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.” Jean Baudrillard

“Shall I compare thee to a silicon chip?” is my response to the debate on authors using AI, ChatGPT, to write books. It has the title Artificial – that’s a clue. My response to the acronym is that AI = Absence of Integrity.

AI Can Do A Sonnet But It Can Never Be Shakespeare 

Don't you come in here with
your 4.5% learning ability 
or your 3.1% of understanding,
a 2.9% capacity to do -

just 3.25% ability to make something.
Oh, yeah,
you can predict,
even do narrow repetitive data entry tasks,
you certainly cannot write authentically
or speak with integrity an original idea.

You're just a code,
and clever as that is (and it is),
you are only ever a series of patterns.
Don't get me wrong (or started),
I like you as my calculator,
finicky fractions boggle my mind,
but you can never be my poet.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under creativity, Free Verse, identity, poem, quote, writing

16 responses to “AI Can Do A Sonnet But It Can Never Be Shakespeare – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. ‘AI = absence of integrity’ I like that and I shall remember it.

    I read a poem written by chatGPT yesterday, it wasn’t half bad and that scared me, but it did seem to lack humanity, or maybe that’s my bias because I knew it was written by AI, perhaps if I thought it was written by a human I’d feel differently, I’m not sure.

    Either way, I agree with the last line of your poem. Where would we be if AI replaces us in the realm of creativity?

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    • I have read a couple of pieces but they were very syncopated, sterile. And a haiku I found was stilted. But I wonder that you’re right – it may be my prejudice – if I didn’t know it was AI maybe I would feel differently. Many thanks Rae


  2. I don’t understand why anyone would want to have a computer write their poems. What’s the point?

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  3. It would be fun to have AI write a poem about how it was inferior to Shakespeare.

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  4. True poetry stems from emotion. No AI will be able to fully recreate the complex contradictions of the human condition.

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  5. lync56

    Very well written and totally agree



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