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How to Write Acrostic Poetry

Updated on October 23, 2012

Edgar Allen Poe

Acrostic Poetry

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.

Summer Scott

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:

Shines brightly

Up in the Sky

Nice and Warm

Falling Leaves

Alot of Leaves

Long nights

Lots of wind

Summer Scott, 2009

Short Acrostic Love Poem

Lightly lay your hands

On my fragile shoulders

Virtuous in the Twilight

Everlasting Passion

Acrostic Poems are becoming more popular as the writers seek the imagination that is also dominated by difficult passages.

Did you learn how to write an Acrostic Poem?

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      benjwizard1 6 years ago

      i really need help with this please?

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      benjwizard1 6 years ago

      do you know how to write an acrostic poem for 'amundsen scott'?

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      fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

      and thank you Sally, I love to write poetry, i have been away from HP for about a month due to illness, but I am now back, and will be posting more. Thanks again


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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I am really excited about this Hub of yours. Acrostic poems are fabulous techniques for working past writer's block, stimulating the mind in general, and encouraging kids to stretch their wings. I haven't thought of them too much in recent years, and now I know I'll get back to them. The EAP poem is out of this world...I'd never read it before.

      Thanks for this great little gift.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ralwus I love to do them, more for the challenge


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      ralwus 8 years ago

      This was cool Dori.Thanks for sharing. I have a few I've done years ago. It's fun and can be most difficult.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina


      long time no see! My niece Summer in the picture just loves it, we did them the whole day and she was actually very good at it. You got flagged for your poetry?


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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      dohn, Veronica,Shame,

      Good to hear from you, we were having trouble yesterday as you know so I didn't get to respond, I thought I was kicked out! Yes Shame, anyone can, it is easy give it a try.

      Thanks for stopping by


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      wsp2469 8 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

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      wsp2469 8 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

      When I used to substitute teach i used to always keep this idea in my head for elementary school kids. You'd be surprised how many times you go into a classroom and there is not enough material in the lesson plan or no emergency lesson plan. I've been thinking about doing a hub on poetry but ever since my score took a hit from the 80s to the 60s after those hubs were flagged I am afraid to do ANYTHING. I guess I don't get enough traffic to stay at 75 and when you go under 75 hubpages cuts off something--don't recall what. Good for you though! Glad someone can afford to have fun with poetry in hubs!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      I think this is a great way to encourage creativity in children and adults. I think this form of poetry is the best.

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      This is very creative as well as artistic... I don't think anyone can do this! You need to have a wide imagination. Thanks

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      How are you? I'd really like to give this one a try, Dori! Thanks so much for sharing this (I really like your avatar of Aaliyah by the way).