Acrostic Poems & Acrostic Poetry

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I write acrostic poems with students when I conduct school visits as a visiting author or poet. It's a great time. If you'd like to see a selection of student-written acrostics, there are many on my other web site, Acrostic poems are perfect for beginners and for aspiring poets. The subject suggests the entire poem. And if you want to make it more challenging, you leave a space between each line, and then go back and add rhyming lines to round out your poem. That's what I have my Poetry Workshop students do. Here is an acrostic poetry example:

Acrostics are poems that begin with a title.
The use of each letter in the word is so vital.

Challenging writers to work at their best
Still, poems should be fun, more a pleasure than test.

Rise to the challenge. Add an image or two;
A cackling bird or a boat gliding through.

Ordinary words can be startling and crisp.
Like red-yellow lightening or will-o'-the-wisp.

Start out each line with the title-name's letter.
Rhyme the next line and the poem's even better.

Triteness is boring, so try to dig deep.
You don't want your reader to nod off and sleep.

Inside are the answers to all of your questions,
So sit down with paper and ask yourself questions.

Crazy acrostics are one way to start.
Writing good poems is both fun -- and an art!

by Denise Rodgers
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Here is an acrostic, actually a "rhyming" acrostic poem, that I wrote in my journal in my home office.

Dog, man's best friend, is both waggy and furry.
You snap on a leash and the dog's in a hurry.>

Out in the world, where there's old pee to sniff,
And tree bark, and hydrants. All great for a whiff.

Going for walks is a part of their day.
Beside that is eating. And sleeping. And play.

by Denise Rodgers
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It is similiar to many acrostic poems that were student written during my school visits. Acrostic poems are kind of restrictive. You have to start each line with a letter from the title name. (See acrostic poetry examples above and below.) While it is limiting, the challenge can be fun. If you try to write your own acrostic poetry, you might be surprised at the result. The form requirements might take you to places you hadn't anticipated. Here is one more acrostic poetry example:

Poems can be lengthy or short as a stubble.
Jot down ideas, from beauty to rubble.

Over the years, you will find it gets better.
Just what is a poem, if not words made of letters?

Even them out, when you read with your ear.
Smooth out the lump words to make your poem clear.

Memories, images, blend as a stew.
You'll make for yourself a magnificent brew.

Savor the poem, and please polish with care.
When you're all done, it's a great thing to share.

by Denise Rodgers
Copyright© Denise Rodgers
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Whether you're a teacher, a student, or a writer in search of your words, acrostic poems are a great exercise in writing. They can make great gifts as well. Simply write an acrostic using the name of your special someone and present it as a gift.

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