Table of Forms—Six Vowel Poetry

A six vowel Poem uses each of the six vowels in the alphabet once without repeating any of them. An example is the word


which is also an isogram (text that doesn't repeat a letter). The word


is an abecedarian six vowel poem in which the vowels occur in alphabetic order. A stellar example is Clement Wood's

Mr. Jock, TV quiz Ph.D., bags few lynx

—stellar in that it is a anagram of the alphabet, so it is a six vowel poem, a perfect pangram, and also a 20-consonant poem.

The alphabet is also all of these forms, as well as abecedarian, if the alphabet can be considered to be a poem.

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Oh! John don't go to Kosovo (Newspoem 17 March 1999) is 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.

Will my data spy on me?, from a list of statistically common words, comprises one two-vowel word for each of the 36 possible sequences of two vowels. Although this does not follow the rules of six vowel poetry, it is also an attempt to use vowels in equal proportions.

My Gauloises and Mouse Jam are six-vowel poems collaboratively written with students at New College, Sarasota, Florida, in or near January 1994.

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