Acrostic Poem

Acrostic poems are easy to write, and some of the easiest acrostic poems use names. Try this exercise: Write your name vertically on a piece of paper or type it vertically on your computer. For this example, we’ll pretend your name is Joe.

J
O
E

Now think of a word or a phrase that describes you that begins with the letter J. Then think of a word or phrase that begins with O. Finally, think of a word or phrase that begins with E. Here’s what your acrostic poem might look like:

Joe

Jolly
Outgoing
Excellent

 

Efi

Energetic

Fearless

Idealistic

After you’ve written an acrostic poem using your name, try writing poems with other words, such as “football,” “horse,” or “summer.” For a real challenge, see if you can make the acrostic poem tell a story rather than just describe the word you chose. These examples may get your creative juices flowing:

Garbage

Grounds (coffee)
Apple (core)
Rinds (mellon)
Banana (peel)
Anchovies (from a pizza I wouldn’t eat)
Grapes (too ripe to eat)
Emptying the stinking bag (my job)

Candy

Charleston Chew
Almond Roca
Nestle’s Crunch
Dots from Mason
Yummy

(source: Bruce Lansky © 2002)

Here is another example by Kaitlyn Guenther about PUMPKIN:

Piles of candy

Under the bed

Make for a delicious snack

People

Know

It”s been Halloween because

No one is without candy.

OK  Now, do you want to make your own acrostic poem?Image

Have fun writing!

 

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