Acrostic Poems & Acrostic Poetry

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. Here are some examples.

Acrostic Poem #1

The first poem gives instructions on how to write an acrostic!

Acrostics are poems that begin with a title.
The use of each letter per line 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 a dog with a lisp.

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 Qs,
Start writing down all the don'ts and the do's.

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

by Denise Rodgers
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Acrostic Poem #2 & #3

Here is a rhyming example of this form 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 just part of their day.
Beside that is eating. And sleeping. And play.

by Denise Rodgers
Copyright© Denise Rodgers 
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It is similar to many poems that were student written during my school visits. This form is kind of restrictive. You have to start each line with a letter from the title name. (See examples above and below.) While it is limiting, the challenge can be fun. If you try to write your own, you might be surprised at the result. The form requirements might take you to places you hadn't anticipated. Here is one more 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, this form of poetry a great exercise in writing. They can make great gifts as well. A poem incorporating a name or a title (Mom, for example) is always appreciated!

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