This project seeks to strip away the dominant, semantic aspects of a text and explores and expresses its purely formal qualities, the underlying skeleton of the text. textApart is a Processing application that visualizes the structure, rhythm, and phonetic patterns of a collection of words. TtextApart displays the selected text in a series of views, where the text is abstracted into shapes and patterns. Stacks of word-shapes and identify repeaters, uncommon word-shapes swell and common word-shapes shrink. By comparing text, we can discover the differences and similarities in what’s hidden under the message– in the mechanics of the text. In these examples, texts by Henry James and Brittany Spears are visualized and compared.