Terza rima yes; the letter "e"? no.
November 24, 2020 9:09 AM   Subscribe

 
Beatrice is an issue
posted by thelonius at 9:24 AM on November 24


I recently wrote a novel without Qs or Zs, and even that was harder than it sounds.
posted by dng at 9:37 AM on November 24 [1 favorite]


It is amazing that you can Ctrl-F 'e' and pretty much get the title, a spot at the bottom and site navigation... That is a lot of real estate with no e.
posted by Nanukthedog at 9:40 AM on November 24 [1 favorite]


If you find this sort of work intriguing, I should say that "A Void" by g. P., shown at that link - and brought stylishly into our kind of writing by Adair - also contains lipogrammatic transcriptions of Shakspar's "Living, or not Living", PBS's "Ozymandias", John Milton's "On His glaucoma", Thomas Hood's "No", Arthur gordon Pym's "Black Bird" and Arthur Rimbaud's "Vocalisations" (plus sundry partial quotations from additional authors).
posted by offog at 10:39 AM on November 24 [6 favorites]


paging oulipian to our blank no-cost talking gizmo
posted by chavenet at 11:26 AM on November 24 [1 favorite]


thelonius: "Beatrice is an issue"

you could apply a variant from Brazil via Portugal: "Biatriz"
posted by chavenet at 11:31 AM on November 24 [1 favorite]


a variant from Brazil

Circle 27B/6
posted by thelonius at 12:06 PM on November 24


I recently wrote a novel without Qs or Zs, and even that was harder than it sounds.

I have never tried lipogrammatic writing, at least not willingly. I once was eating some biscotti and a crumb dropped into my computer keyboard where it wedged beneath a key and prevented its use. I didn’t have any compressed air handy to dislodge it and other efforts failed; until the following day when the office supplies store was open, I was stuck with this situation. I thought it would be not too great a hurdle, though, as it was only the comma.

I found myself writing like a bad Hemingway pastiche. There were apples. There were oranges. There were also pears.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:50 PM on November 24 [5 favorites]


I once was eating some biscotti and a crumb dropped into my computer keyboard where it wedged beneath a key and prevented its use. ...

posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:50 PM on November 24 [+] [!]


Oh, come ON!
*shove*
posted by From Bklyn at 1:14 PM on November 24 [5 favorites]


I KNOW
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:48 PM on November 24 [2 favorites]


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