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:


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.


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.
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?
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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