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How to Write an Initial Poem with Someone's Initials

Updated on March 10, 2013
This is a tributory initial poem where I used my relationship to the recipient along with her name.
This is a tributory initial poem where I used my relationship to the recipient along with her name. | Source

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:

Optimistic

Loving

Giving

Always

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:

Responsible

On time

Sweet

and has an

Effervescent personality!


You may be asked to use an initial poem to introduce someone you have just met. Make it simple. Please meet Don. He is:

Delightful

from Ontario and is very

Nice!


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:

Beautiful friendship

Of love and trust

Never afraid

Nor uncomfortable

In faith

Everlasting


Or:


Fearless leader

Rides in on his white horse

Effectively

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 messages

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You can make your own handwritten initial  poem to put on a gift.or print one on the computer!Or use the original "Cut and paste" method!
You can make your own handwritten initial  poem to put on a gift.
You can make your own handwritten initial poem to put on a gift. | Source
or print one on the computer!
or print one on the computer! | Source
Or use the original "Cut and paste" method!
Or use the original "Cut and paste" method! | Source

A Congratulatory Acrostic

Congratulations to you

On your promotion

Now is the time to watch you aspire to

Greatness, to

Rally

Around

To admire, to be thankful that

Under your tutelage, we too can rise. We too can

Live, breathe and

Aspire

To be where you are

In this, we can agree

Of this we are certain

Now is your time to

Shine!


Initial Letters as a Holiday Greeting

How happy we are

And ever grateful

People gathering

Playing together

Yet another year


Now and forever

Eternity and back

We anticipate the future


Yes, another year

Ever grateful

Always thankful

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

Uniformly witty

Never accepting less than pretty!

Have Fun!


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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!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, sweethearts2! This is a pretty "safe" way to get started with poetry! Good luck!

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      sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      I think I will give this a try - writing poetry is very difficult for me and I do so want to be a poet - a good way to start and grow. Thanks for sharing

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That is true! Do keep in mind that we cannot write poems for the apprenticeship program! I do have a few collections of poems on my site and entered a few poetry challenges here. The challenges were my trigger and fun to do! Enjoy! :) Randi

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      That's awesome, btrbell. Sometimes all it takes is a trigger to bring out our passions. ;)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Abby! When I joined hubpagelast spring, I saw a lot of people writing poetry so I decided to write again. It was years for me also!

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Ah, I so miss writing poetry! It's been years! Love your hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Blossom, that is a great idea! I have used it in the classroom to teach parts of speech but how nice to use it to describe each other! Thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      well, someonewhoknows, btr is actually an acronym for our names. Now, you have brought a whole new meaning to it! Thanks for stopping by and for your acrostic!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Jackie, new ideas are fun! I used to do this and didn't even know it had a name so it's sort of new for me! thanks for stopping by!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Alex...they can be:

      A wesome

      L ovely

      E ntertaining

      and

      eXtremely kind....like you! Thank you!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah, Nell, thank you so much! I do appreciate your poem, thanks and vote!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It just struck me that this could be a useful thing to do in a classroom to encourage kids to write good things about their classmates.

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      someonewhoknows 4 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      b- ought

      t - he

      r -ose

      b - utt

      e - ventually

      l - ost

      l - ust

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Made, you are welcome! And thank you! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      OMG (Oh my G-d)! Thank you, Leslie! That was great! I appreciate the vote and shares! I hope all is well with you, beautiful lady!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Gypsy Rose Lee! Much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Martin! Not attemping the limericks yet!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting and new idea, well to me anyway. lol ^

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Oh dear. After all these interesting comments I will just have to sit down and learn how to do these. Awesome ideas and fun! :) Voted UP!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Always

      Wonderful

      Engaging

      Such

      Odes

      Made

      Easy! Phew! that took a while, I think I need to practice! haha! voted up! nell

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      This is a

      Helpful and

      Amazing hub.

      Nothing can

      Keep me from

      Saying this is very cool.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      R -eally

      A - wesome

      N - ew

      D - irection

      I - n poetry..

      LOL..(laughing out loud..)

      Thanks, hon - very interesting!

      up and sharing on..

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, B. Malin! It is fun and easy to do. If you are more of an artist than I am, you can make a beautiful presentation as well!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for sharing this most interesting hub. Fascinating poetic form. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your very clear instruction. Nice examples.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Faith Reaper! Always an honor to have you grace my page! Your comments, votes and shares mean so much to me! Randi

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      What A Fun, Educational as well as Enlightening read Btrbell. Poetry comes in all Forms...How neat is that?

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      These are great here as a toast to another person or congratulations, as you have stated! You have written excellent examples of the Initial poetry or acrostic, very creative.

      Voted up ++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That's the beauty of these, Bill! You don't have to be a poet, just have ideas about someone or something (and you certainly qualify for that!)Thank you! Enjoy your Sunday!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Radcliff. It was even fun to write about it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have seen more and more of these lately. As you know, I am not a poet, and most likely never will be, but I appreciate the beauty of poetry, and initial poetry appeals to me for whatever reason. Good tutorial here, Randi!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      This is a really cool idea. It's a nice way to bring out your inner poet! You could do this instead of buying an impersonal greeting card or work on one with a child to create a perfect Mother's Day gift. Thanks for sharing your ideas!