Week Twenty: Acrostic Poetry

Introduction

An Acrostic poem uses the first letter of each line to spell a word or name central to the theme of the poem. Acrostics have been used in literature and poetry for many hundreds of years. Even today, they are commonly used as mnemonic devices to aid in memory retention and retrieval.

Form Example

“An Acrostic” by Edgar Allan Poe:

Elizabeth it is in vain you say
Love not”—thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth—and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love—was cured of all beside—
His follie—pride—and passion—for he died.

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An Original Acrostic Poem

Trump – An Acrostic

Dangerous Delusions Direct this
Obnoxious, Obstinate, Orange
Narcissist. Negligence and an
Arrogant Aggression define this
Loud-mouthed Liar, this
Destructive Dimwit whose
Twitter Temper-Tantrums
Repel all but Repugnant Racists.
Unite against this Unwelcome,
Manipulative Misogynist, this
Pussy-grabbing Pig.

Links to Online Resources

Acrostic – Wikipedia
Acrostic Poems & Poetry – Writer’s Digest

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