The Poetry of Calculation

In the Poetry of Calculation, two lines are considered to “rhyme,” not if they end with the same sound, but if they have the same gematria value. Here I use S:E:G: — Simple English Gematria (A=1, B=2, . . . Z=26). The value of a line is found by adding up the values of its constituent letters. The name “The Poetry of Calculation” is an example of itself:

132The Poetry
132of Calculation

Here’s another simple example:

127Roses are red.
166Violets are blue.
127Sugar is cheap,
166And so, dear, are you.

And here’s a longer one — a paraphrase of the Ten Commandments such that every line adds up to 173 — the value of the phrase “Ten Commandments” — in S:E:G:

173Ten Commandments:
173Thou shalt not
173favor gods other
173than Hebrew Jehovah.
173Thou shalt not
173 make earthly images
173of anyone in heaven.
173Thou shalt not
173name deities in vain.
173Thou shalt not
173burden Saturday
173with vain labors.
173Thou shalt not
173displease Mom or Dad.
173Thou shalt not
173murder, taking life.
173Thou shalt not
173take other women
173Thou shalt not
173take any’s things.
173Thou shalt not
173slander colleagues.
173Thou shalt not
173 covet other dames,
173 oxen, houses, etc.
173So saith the Lord.

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