Table of FormsAbecedarian
I use the term "abecedarian" to refer to a poem constrained by alphabetic order.
Zero Yokum, xylophonist, was virtually uneducated
thought Schoenberg ridiculous
quoted Pleasance on "new music"
found even Debussey's chords blatantly avant-garde
A bizarre example is Walter Abish's novel Alphabetic Africa. If the entire alphabet is used, an abecedarian poem is a pangram.
Vanilla Vagina Utopia: a transgram and pangrammatic abecederian telestich, in which the words are in alphabetic order and are all nouns ending with A.
New Order Poem: a poem with 26 lines of three words each, in which every letter of the alphabet appears at the beginning, at the end, and somewhere in the middle of a word
Uni High: A poem that recites the alphabet.Oh! John don't go to Kosovo (Newspoem 17 March 1999): a progressively (abecedarian) univocalic poem, in which each line is univocalic on the vowel that follows in the alphabet the vowel used in the previous line. This poem is also a six vowel serial poem using heavy stuttering. Furthermore it is also a number poem, comprising two stanzas each comprising six six-word lines.
Analyzing Haze: a short story whose paragraphs are in alphabetic order. For a detailed explanation of Analyzing Haze, buy Table of Forms.
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