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Acrostic Poetry
Louise
's Weekly Feature

 

 

The acrostic is a very old form of poetry found in ancient Greek and Latin literature. In the traditional acrostic, the first letter of each line spells a word or phrase, most often the title or subject of the poem. Here are some examples:

EMMA                                     

Eager to learn
Makes time to read 
Marvelous artist 
A
dores her white poodle 

                                                 

TRASH

Take a
Really
Astounding
Stomach to
Handle this mess.

TARZAN                                 

Tan
Athletic 
Resourceful
Zooms
Assertive
N
imble

CAT

Canít
Avoid
Trouble

Why donít you try writing an acrostic about yourself?

Before you start, try brainstorming a personal inventory about yourself. Ask yourself the big question, ďWho Am I"? and then list your likes and dislikes, your personality, your treasures, yours dreams and plans, your physical characteristics and your family.

Next, choose six or eight words and phrases from your inventory that you feel are the most important.

Finally, imagine you have to choose one word to describe yourself. What would it be?

Now that you have brainstormed some ideas, write the letters of your name vertically down the page. Then begin writing your acrostic, looking for ways to work the things you brainstormed about yourself into the poem

When you have finished your draft, try writing another one still using your name, but try using different details. Take a look at the examples again for ideas.

Now, look over your two poems and decide which one you like better. Underline the parts you really like and rework the parts you donít.

Why not hand your poem into a teacher so it can be published in the Pearson Patter, Pearson ALCís newsletter?

 

 

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