Abc Definition

Poetry Definition of Abc

See note below: Poetry in which every word begins with a successive letter of the alphabet. The first word begins with A, the second with B, etc. (OR) A poem that has 5 lines that create a mood, picture, or feeling. Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses - and the first word of each line is in alphabetical order from the first word. Line 5 is one sentence, beginning with any letter.

Note: ABC as a form has been used to describe anything from an Abecedarian poem (above), to an Acrostic poem, and other things. ABC typically has been used as a catch-all for sequential alphabet poems that may not necessarily use the entire alphabet like an Abecedarian poem. So, in reality, "ABC" is just an acrostic poem using successive letters of the alphabet per line or stanza.

Example

A better cat doesn't exist, four gentle hearts insist. Juggling kittens, leaping, mewing, now overturning pillows--quietly rush, sustain terror--understand: Vitality will explode yawning zzz's!

by LaVerna B. Johnson

(OR)

Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow


Top 5 Abc Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
A to Z of Good Thinking Haigh, Robert ABCmotivation, perspective,
Premium Member Poem love fulham, niall ABClove,
The Perfect Friend Wrass, Shannen ABCbest friend, friend, friendship,
Still A Soldier Emmons, Timothy ABCbereavement, soldier, veterans day,
The Children Eating Grass Wilcox, Charlene ABCabuse, care, character, conflict,

Standard Definition

[n] the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he mastered the rudiments of geometry"


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