Pi Poetry

collected by Eve Andersson


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Eve Andersson (eve@eveandersson.com)


Open Mic at the Sacred Grounds Cafe

There once was a girl who loved pi
I never could quite fathom why
To her it's a wonder
To me just a number
Its beauty revealed by and by

-- Tom Wilson

by A.C. Orr

Now I, even I, would celebrate in rhymes inept,
the great immortal Syracusan rivall'd nevermore
who in his wondrous lore passed on before
left men his guidance how to circles mensurate.

in: Literary Digest, vol. 32 (1906), p. 84
(copied shamelessly from http://www.xs4all.nl/~jcdverha/scijokes/11_2.html and submitted there by gsc@cairo.anu.edu.au)

-- Bob Boyle

Bine esti cool
Image: TAVAN_broasca.jpg

-- Tavan Tavanel

numer pi in the mirorr is square root from 12 ...

22/7 is near or far depend of side where you are a line is thin almost zero fat but, point is miss if you too smart...

-- dragan katanic

Circular Reasoning

Three point one four one five nine

Makes the lazy student whine,

But give this ratio a try-

You'll find that it's as easy as pi!

-- Fred Russcol

Famous Poem about PI

Hi, I just could not believe you had a page about PI and Poetry without the most famous ones:
The first is Near a Raven from Edgar POE:

Near a Raven
Midnights so dreary, tired and weary.
Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore.
During my rather long nap - the weirdest tap!
An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber's antedoor.
"This", I whispered quietly, "I ignore".
It goes on and gives 740 digits.
Another famous one (in France) is the following from an unknown author:

Que j'aime a faire apprendre ce nombre utile aux sages !
Immortel Archimede, artiste ingenieur,
Qui de ton jugement peut priser la valeur ?
Pour moi, ton probleme eut de pareils avantages.
Jadis, mysterieux, un probleme bloquait
Tout l'admirable procede, l'?uvre grandiose
Que Pythagore decouvrit aux anciens Grecs.
O quadrature ! Vieux tourment du philosophe
Insoluble rondeur, trop longtemps vous avez
Defie Pythagore et ses imitateurs.

-- Marc Mouries


I absolutely adore pi! I'm pretty nerdy myself, and pi is just one of those things nerds really get into. As a kid, my peers think it's pretty wierd for me to like pi, but what the heck, they aren't going to be the ones on the front page of Ripley's Believe it Or Not for memorizing pi like me. LOL. I have been memorizing pi for the past year, and so far I know it up to the 91st digit. I'd like to thank my role model Daniel Tammet, or "Brain Man." He's the one who inspired me to do so. Because I was born only a few days after his birthday, I think that it's cool to like pi... especially apple. 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253... that's all from memory.

-- Ivy Andrews

Pi by memory

I only started memorising it yesterday, and im up to 75 decimal places. I use the loci technique with five numbers at a time tunded into a word or phrase, that represents an image which is put in line along a path from the botom of my garden then around my house....

-- Jake Fielder

Just for fun...

Consider humble pi. It is a number never ending.

It never repeats itself as its value keeps ascending.

Based upon a circle, many men have tried

to calculate the ratio of its width to its outside.

It is called irrational because it can not be made a fraction.

The challenge of its nature has been a call to action.

The number pi has played a role in every life on earth.

From physics to statistics, its always proved its worth.

The tires that you ride on, the table where you dine,

little pi was there throughout its concept and design.

Humble pi is constant - its been a great addition

and quietly serves us each day without recognition.

If you can not appreciate why I hold this number high,

then shame! It is you that should be eating humble pie.

-- Ken Johnson

my favorite Rhyme

It is a habit of mine

A new value of PI to assign

It's simple you see

Just to use three

Instead of three point one four one five nine.

-- clifford morse

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