Figure Name alphabetic
Source Macbeth (1876)
Earliest Source Punch Magazine (The London Charivari)
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Orthographic

1. The Alphabetic is a figure newly invented by the London *Punch*, which designates it as "poetry on a new principle." It defies description; you will perhaps understand it by reading it. (Macbeth)


1. It rhymes on the final *letter* of each alternate line, as thus, it being spelled by you:

"On going forth last night a friend to see,
I met a man by trade a s-n-o-b.
Reeling along he held his tipsy way.
'Ho! ho!' quoth I, 'he's d-r-u-n-k.'
Then thus to him: 'Were it not better far
You were a little s-o-b-e-r?
'Twhere happier for your family, I guess,
Than playing off such rum r-i-g-s.
Besides, all drunkards, when policemen see 'em,
Are taken up at once by t-h-e-m.'" (Macbeth)

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Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
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Editorial Notes It appears that Macbeth is citing Punch magazine as the original source so I have included as such. Also, is there another example from Macbeth? -ark
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