Saturday, February 14, 2009


Cadaeic Cadenza is a 1996 short story by Mike Keith. It is an example of constrained writing, a book with restrictions on how it can be written. It is also one of the most prodigious examples of _________.

Cadaeic Cadenza has perhaps the harshest limitations on the exact words that can be used, but also results in uncommon sounding language. In addition to the main restriction, the author attempts to mimic portions, or entire works, of different types and pieces of literature (The Raven, Jabberwocky, the lyrics of Yes, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Rubaiyat, Hamlet, and Carl Sandburg's Grass) in story, structure, and rhyme.

The first part of Cadaeic Cadenza is the poem Near a Raven.

Poe, E.
Near a Raven

Midnights so dreary, tired and weary,
Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore.
During my rather long nap - the weirdest tap!
An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber's antedoor.
"This", I whispered quietly, "I ignore".
—Mike Keith, First verse of Near a Raven

Put fundae.......


The Mudd said...

the length of the words are the digits of pi's expansion da...starting wit the name f the author

vazha said...

Thalae !!! Bow to thee....