Bridges 2011 Workshop Paper
Using Mathematics to Make Poetry
(Proceedings pages 621–624)
Guided by an experienced teacher, this Bridges workshop invites
experiments with word-arrangements using mathematical forms and
strategies—encouraging formation of patterns that become poems.
Some activities involve altering prior texts using mathematical
operations while others create new texts with patterns of number
or geometry. Participants need no prior experience in poetry
writing---writers and non-writers alike will be encouraged to play with
language; moreover, teachers seeking to combine mathematical ideas
with poetry in their classrooms will find useful possibilities here.
Connections to mathematical topics (such as permutations and the
Catalan numbers) will be included; however, the primary goal of
this workshop is to give participants experiential awareness of
ways that mathematical concepts and structures can influence the
beauty and effectiveness of words.