Morse Poetry

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-- ..- - ..- --/ . ... -/.--. .. -.-. - ..- .-. .-/.--. --- . -- .-/.-/.--. .. -.-. - ..- .-. ./.. .../.-/... .. .-.. . -. -/.--. --- . --/... .. -- --- -. .. -.. . .../

I was recently walking through Central Park, New York when I came across the monument to Samuel F.B. Morse – the co-inventor of the single wire telegraph system and Morse code.  Morse code seems like such a relic it’s easy to forget how revolutionary it truly was – before telegraphs, what were your options for sending a message or coordinating over long distances? The mail. That’s it (unless you count carrier pigeons, messages tied to projectiles, or smoke signals). The last telegraph sent by the French Navy in 1997 was heartbreaking and poetic: “Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence.” The last telegraph in the U.S. was sent in 1999 and consisted of Samuel Morse’s message from the very first telegraph in 1844, “What hath God wrought.” Written Morse code is reminiscent of a lost or hieroglyphic language now and has a certain abstract beauty.

A morse code translator for those interested in translating the message above (you can cut and paste the code below the drawing of it). Update: I fixed it (famous last words!) Cutting and pasting didn’t work for the first hour it was up. Sorry about that!

 

5 comments

      1. Thanks! Awesome! It’s hard to know for sure yet 🙂

        Although I wish I could have wrought a way for the automatic formatting in WordPress to stop merging the dashes in the Morse code! Strangely, it will work from the dashboard/administration viewer, but then merge the dashes in the “public” view. For the curious, here is your message translated…

        “What hath Marcy wrought?”

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    1. I am so impressed with the operators that could listen and transcribe these messages – the translator I linked to has a “listen” function and it was so fast, I lost it within the first couple of characters! Cheers, Marcy

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