Gottlob Burmann

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Gedichte ohne den Buchstaben R., Berlin, 1796.

Gottlob Wilhelm Burmann (18 May 1737, Lauban – 5 January 1805) was a German Romantic poet and lipogrammatist. He is best known for his dislike of the letter R. The letter does not appear in any of his 130 poems.[1] He is even said to have eliminated it from his daily speech, refusing to say his last name for over seventeen years.[2]


  1. ^ John Robinson Pierce, Symbols, Signals, And Noise: The Nature and Process of Communication (1962), p. 48.
  2. ^ Lipogrammatic Works of Fiction by 'Forthright'. The Phrontistery; retrieved 14 February 2009.

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