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 fancyโ€™s might;
To quiz is vain, for โ€™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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14 Responses to A Poem Which Is Both A Lipogram And A Pangram

  1. yassy says:

    This is great. Thanks.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Ah…brain food ๐Ÿ”

    Liked by 2 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 1 person

  5. Garfield Hug says:

    Thanks for the lesson ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Liked by 2 people

  6. MicroRead says:

    Learnt something new *pats self on back*

    Liked by 2 people

  7. ederline says:

    Thanks for sharing.


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