Abecedarium

Wednesday 13 July 2005

Kristen McQuillin has a few examples of abecedaria: poems with 26 words, each beginning with the next letter of the alphabet:

Mysteries

Angels bring confusion.
Don’t ever forget god’s hand
Is juggling knives like man’s nature.
Occultists properly question reality.
Saints travel unbroken vigils
without x-ing yesterday’s zodiac.

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Dave 11:11 PM on 13 Jul 2005

A bit off-topic, but not too much so. Recently, a friend who is a teacher at a private school came to visit for the day. He shared with us the word "A-B-C-darian", a term that is used in his school to describe the kids that are between toddlers and kindergartners. These kids are learning their A-B-Cs...hence the name.

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Pete Lyons 11:02 AM on 14 Jul 2005

A basic conundrum.
Does eloquence follow general hubris?
In jest, kindly lummocks make noise,
overly pompous quills reign.
Simpletons talking under veils
Whilst xylophagous yeoman zig?

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Michael 4:37 PM on 22 Jul 2005

Reminds me of the "macabre ABC book" by Edward Gorey, The Gashlycrumb Tinies:

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs
B is for Basil assaulted by bears
C is for Clara who wasted away
D is for Desmond, thrown from a sleigh
...

Google it; the whole book is online. "Nice" illustrations. :)

The connection is, if I recall rightly, the existence of several 26-letter ABC poems also by Gorey.

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