A Poem Which Is Both A Lipogram And A Pangram


A lipogram is a form of constrained writing composed of words wherein a letter or a group of letters of the alphabet is avoided. You can see some examples of lipogram in my post “Six Mary Had a Little Lamb lipograms” where the popular nursery rhyme is written in six different versions using different constraints. On the other hand, a pangram is a sentence or expression containing all the letters of the alphabet. The most well-known pangram is the sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.”

The following verse from Handy Book of Literary Curiosities (1892) is a lipogram and a pangram at the same time. Each stanza contains every letter of the English alphabet except for the letter “e”.

A jovial swain should not complain
Of any buxom fair,
Who mocks his pain and thinks it gain
To quiz his awkward air.

Quixotic boys who look for joys
Quixotic hazards run;
A lass annoys with trivial toys,
Opposing man for fun.

A jovial swain might rack his brain,
And tax his fancy’s might;
To quiz is vain, for ’tis most plain
That what I say is right.

About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkMLaw and Facebook. My email is learnfunfacts@gmail.com
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29 Responses to A Poem Which Is Both A Lipogram And A Pangram

  1. yassy says:

    This is great. Thanks.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. superwifeandmummy says:

    Ah…brain food 🍔

    Liked by 3 people

  3. George says:

    Nice to see you back..:)

    Liked by 2 people

  4. swalia says:

    These poetic forms are new to me. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Garfield Hug says:

    Thanks for the lesson 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  6. MicroRead says:

    Learnt something new *pats self on back*

    Liked by 2 people

  7. ederline says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. poeturja says:

    I believe that the letter “e” is one of the most common letters in words so this is an amazing feat to write so much without using it!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. kiwinana says:

    Love it. I have an article on HubPages which I wrote a long time ago, you may like to have a look at it. https://hubpages.com/literature/lipogram-word-play-of-nursery-rhymes

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  10. natuurfreak says:

    Bijzonder knap en interessant

    Liked by 1 person

  11. vivachange77 says:

    Your blog is fun. Thanks for visiting mine and following.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Loved reading your post although I find myself in a bit of a quandary. How that verse is a pangram when it does not contain all the letters of the alphabet (no “e”). Entertaining nonetheless. 😊

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  13. Andy says:

    I love it – great poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Smitha V says:

    As always, I return from your blog a little more informed and wiser. Thanks. Enjoyed getting to know about Lipograms and pangrams.😊

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