There's a word for writing prose, or indeed poetry, under self-imposed restrictions such as only using one vowel, or maximum word length, or only on initial character (such as the poem On Thriftiness)

What is that word, please?

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This is called constrained writing.

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    Hmmm. Would my daughter texting with a phone with a broken m key count? :-)
    – T.E.D.
    Jul 14, 2011 at 17:00
  • Thank you... the word I couldn't recall was Lipogram, but that link is much broader and much more helpful.
    – Dancrumb
    Jul 14, 2011 at 17:10
  • @Dancrumb: I know it more readily as Oulipo, so the English term just didn't sounds right at first. But it is conveniently transparent.
    – Mitch
    Jul 14, 2011 at 20:19

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