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Acrostic Definition

Poetry Definition of Acrostic

A poem, usually in verse, in which the first or the last letters of the lines, or certain other letters, taken in order, form a name, word, phrase, or motto.


Here is an example in English, an Edgar Allan Poe poem titled simply An Acrostic:

Elizabeth it is in vain you say
"Love not" — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:

In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe's talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.

Top 5 Acrostic Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem FALL IN LOVE Dietrich, Andrea Acrosticautumn, love, nature,
Premium Member Poem Rule the World Dietrich, Andrea Acrosticpower,
Premium Member Poem Flo J Thomas A Walking Angel Gone Chircop, Charmaine Acrosticabsence,
Premium Member Poem TOUCH -Sharon's Acrostic contest Dietrich, Andrea Acrosticspiritual,
Premium Member Poem Ecstasy Richards, Carrie Acrosticbeautiful, music,

Standard Definition

[n] verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
[n] a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across

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Misc. Definitions

\A*cros"tic\, n. [Gr. ?; ? extreme + ? order, line, verse.]
1. A composition, usually in verse, in which the first or the last letters of the lines, or certain other letters, taken in order, form a name, word, phrase, or motto.
2. A Hebrew poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order (as Psalm cxix.). See {Abecedarian}. {Double acrostic}, a species of enigma
\A*cros"tic\, Acrostical \A*cros"tic*al\, n. Pertaining to, or characterized by, acrostics.

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