How to Write an Initial Poem with Someone's Initials
What is an Initial Poem?
An initial poem is also know as an acrostic poem. It can be written using a person's initials as the first letter of each line. You could also use their entire name, with each letter beginning each new line. You could also use words instead of names. Initial poems and acrostics are a fun way to use poetry to describe an individual or an idea.
The Many Styles of Initial Poems
Initial poems can be funny, heartfelt, professional or whiimsical. They can be handwritten, typed or printed. You can include artwork if you choose. You can vary the font and change the colors.They can be single word lines or sentences. you o not need to have each letter represented by a noun, verb or adjective. they can be prepositions or conjunctions. The point of initial poems and acrostics is to use the chosen letters to convey a thought. You can be as creative as you choose.
Writing Initial Poems as introductions or Ice Breakers.
Often when we are in a newly formed group or class, we are asked to introduce ourselves. Sometimes, we are given a task to use the introduction to tell a little more about ouselves. Initial poems are a perfect way to get the ball rolling! If your initials are O.H., you might introduce yourself as "Optimistically Hopeful" or if you use all the letters of your first name, it could go like this:
Sometimes, instead of describing yourself, you will be asked to do an initial poem to introduce someone else in the group. That could go something like this:
I'd like to introduce you to my co-worker, Rose. She is:
and has an
You may be asked to use an initial poem to introduce someone you have just met. Make it simple. Please meet Don. He is:
from Ontario and is very
Using Initial Poems as a Tribute or a Roast.
You can use a person's initials to tell a story about them or even to give them a message. If I want to thank and honor someone for a job well done, I might write something like this:
Of love and trust
Rides in on his white horse
Delivering wisdom and advice.
How to get Ideas for Initial Poems.
Do you remember this jump rope game? It went like this:
"A my name is Alice, my husbnd's name is Al. We live in Alabama and we sell apples." It would continue through the entire alphabet.
This is a pretty good way to get some ideas out there. Say the name, word or initials that you will be writing about and brainstorm. Say words that remind you of that person or idea. Say them out loud. Let them roll off your tongue. Keep in mind what message you are wanting to convey, then start playing with the words you have come up with. If you can't find a word that starts with the letter you need, think of connecting words like with, to, for.Sometimes a poem come very easily and you can jot it down in it's entirety without much revision. Sometimes, you can write, rewrite and rewrite it again before you get it just the way you want it.
Samples of Acrostic messagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
A Congratulatory Acrostic
Congratulations to you
On your promotion
Now is the time to watch you aspire to
To admire, to be thankful that
Under your tutelage, we too can rise. We too can
Live, breathe and
To be where you are
In this, we can agree
Of this we are certain
Now is your time to
Initial Letters as a Holiday Greeting
How happy we are
And ever grateful
Yet another year
Now and forever
Eternity and back
We anticipate the future
Yes, another year
Ready for what's next!
Fun with Initial Poems
Have fun when you choose
And you will never lose
Verily, you can write
Everything you like
Funny or romantic
Never accepting less than pretty!
Have you ever written an Initial/Acrostic poem?
3D and Interactive Initial Poems
Because we often use initial poems as a tribute or greeting card/gift tag, we can also make them interactive. We can use the example of the acrostic written for baby in the photo above. How about buying baby blocks and lining them up to spell baby? You can then add your poem to the existing blocks. Not only is it a more attractive presentation but the baby will have the blocks to play with! You can make your own card using two pieces of paper. The word or initials would be on the top sheet. The recipient could "open" each letter to reveal the word or phrase it represents!