How to Write Acrostic Poetry
Edgar Allen Poe
Writing Acrostic Poetry is fun and easy. It can be profound, funny, sad or happy. When writing an Acrositc Poem the first letter of each line is a phrase or message when read in order. They can short and be the first letter or more difficult as the poem Valentine by Edgar Allen Poe in 1846 which spelled out the name of Frances Sargent Osgood in the first letter of the first line, the second letter of the second line, etc.
A Valentine Edgar Allan Poe (1848)
For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that, nestling, lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines! — they hold a treasure
Divine — a talisman — an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure —
The words — the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor!
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets — as the name is a poet’s, too.
Its letters, although naturally lying
(Like the knight Pinto — Mendez Ferdinando —)
Still form a synonym for Truth —— Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.
Acrostic Poems for kids
Acrostic poems can be used as a tool to create an imagination in kids in writing with rules, other that the norm. It can be simple:
Up in the Sky
Nice and Warm
Alot of Leaves
Lots of wind
Summer Scott, 2009