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Abstract

Meaningful English pangrams -- the 26 letters of the alphabet rearranged into a sentence -- are almost impossible to construct. Howard Bergerson has come up with an idea which has apparently never been tried before: use the one hundred letters contained in the Greek letter-names alpha, beta, ..., omega instead. The following poems are the result, dealing with a wide variety of topics; note that several introduce a Greek theme. In one poem, Socrates' wife Xanthippe objects to the payment of a pig that Socrates promised to a friend before drinking the hemlock. In another, Howard Bergerson echoes the haunting lines of Sappho: "The silver moon is set / The Pleiades are gone."

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