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First Encounter: Jaci Jones, Jason Robbins & Tyler Downey, @SONNETONEFOUR

Collaboration Project By: Jaci Jones, Jason Robbins, Tyler Downey. Sonnet One Four is a cryptographic experience. While the puzzle is relatively simple, each tweet is representative of a  line of the poem, in scrambled, random order, each tweet is meant to take you on your own unique journey to matching the clue to the line of the poem. Each line is unique and thus you as an individual will ultimately take your own path to not only interpreting the poem,decoding/encoding the poem, but you will also take different implications away from the clues.  The clues sometimes are metaphorical, otherwise they are literally pointed at a word or phrase within the line of the poem the clue correlates to. In summation, when you start trying to match tweets to meanings and the lines of the poem as we have assigned each tweet to, you may in fact Google different things, or think of different references and meanings true to your experiences (intertextuality). I expect people will use the internet as a main resource to decode/match each tweet to each line but that is because I made the twitter that way. However, you could use other resources or prior knowledge. The digital aspect of the twitter is important though, it is current, it involves metrics like trending and popularity, it takes on the Shakespearean sonnet in a totally new, unexpected way. The way that the twitter functions as an art piece is in how it is an interactive installation of poetry which can be projected in a public space for people to strive to understand. You have all the answers in front of you, the name of the sonnet, each line in coded form, but the goal is to make your own meaning of the poem with our guidance.


Jaci Jones is a graduating senior at UMBC and a huge advocate for twitter and social media. Tweet her @jaciijones. She is an actress whose day-job is working with computer hackers. Jason Robbins is a graduating senior at UMBC with a degree in English, the Communications and Technology track. Tyler Downey is graduating UMBC in the fall of 2014 with a major in English Literature and a Creative Writing minor.

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