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Piphilology

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GuyBarry
1254677.  Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:44 am Reply with quote

And talking of "ologies" (see O Series forum):

Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling
In mystic force and magic spelling
Celestial sprites elucidate
All my own striving can't relate.

This is an example of "piphilology", where the lengths of the words in the poem represent the digits of pi (3.14159265358979323846). A rather more substantial effort is in Mike Keith's 3835-word Cadaeic Cadenza, which mimics the style of various authors including Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis Carroll and T.S. Eliot. He subsequently wrote a 10,000-word book called "Not a Wake" using the same constraints.

 

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