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Acrostic Definition

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.


An Acrostic is a type of poem that does not need to rhyme and does not follow a line pattern. A person picks a word to write about and many people use their first names. They write the letter vertically down the page and each letter of the word is capitalized. A person then has to come up with ideas of phrases that decrease the word beginning with the same letter. A person starts at the top and uses each letter to write new phrases to create a poem.

This poem can be about any topic that a person wants. It can be about fun topics such as ice cream or video games. It can also be about serious topics such as emotions. It is up to the person that is writing the poem. There is no set word count as long as a person has a phrase for every letter in the word that they are using. 

Acrostic Poem Example

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.
 

Other Acrostic 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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Synonyms

word square

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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