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How to Write Three Types of Poetry: Abc, Acrostic, and Haiku

Updated on June 14, 2018
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Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. She is married with three children (23, 20, and 14).

ABC Poem

An ABC poem is a poem in which each line begins with a letter of the alphabet. Some poems use all 26 letters, while others use 5 or 6 letters in alphabetical order.

The Beach

As I sit here
Beauty surrounds me.
Children play happily.
Dolphins jump and play in the waves.
Each and every grain of sand
Forming miles and miles of shore.
Gulls swoop
Happily at
Intervals, chattering noisily to all who listen.
Joyous families
Kites flying effortlessly across the sky
Large and small boats sailing
Moving across the sea
Neverending skyline
Opaque waters in hues of blue and green.
Periwinkles and other shells
Quietly waiting below the water's surface
Ready to be plucked from it's depths.
Sunset begins to fall,
Turning the sky into beautiful shades of orange, purple, and gold.
Underwater sea creatures nibble at toes while
Very fast fiddler crabs find their underground homes.
Wind blows gently through my hair, causing me to
eXhale in blissful satisfaction
Zealous fan of such a beautiful creation.

Acrostic Poem

An acrostic poem uses the letters in a word to begin each line of a poem.

Friendship

Forever
R
ealising strengths
I
mmeasurable fun
E
ncouraging
N
on-existent judgment
D
ecidedly special
S
haring memories
H
appy
I
nviting, sharing, crying, caring
P
riceless

Haiku

A Haiku poem is a traditional Japanese poem that has 17 total syllables. The poem has three lines with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, and 5 in the third line. The poems often focus on nature subjects.

Summer

The lazy summer
brings rest, renewal, and fun
in the hot sunshine.

Autumn

Autumn winds blow soft
As leaves fall gracefully down
From the high tree tops.

Winter

Clouds surround the sun
As frigid temperatures
bite at our noses.

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    • TripleAMom profile imageAUTHOR

      TripleAMom 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Nina, thanks for the comment, but not sure what recording you are referring to.

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      Nina 

      5 years ago

      The recording was made in New York City by a 19 year old young man (my fatehr) to send to his sweetheart (my mother) before he was shipped overseas to Okinawa during world war II. He was in Okinawa for two years (one year during the battles for Okinawa and another year as part of the occupational forces) during which time my mother only had this recording of his voice to play during her times of loneliness.

    • TripleAMom profile imageAUTHOR

      TripleAMom 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Collegedad. I had to try my hand at something different. My daughter just finished a poetry unit in her 6th grade class. appreciate the comment. Am working on something different for tomorrow.

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      collegedad 

      8 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      I'll be the first to admit that I'm not into poetry, but I enjoyed these. voted up!

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