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« on: July 06, 2013, 07:25 PM »
The word ACROSTIC comes to the English language via the Latin derivation of the Greek words, 'AKRON' (end) and 'STIKHOS' (line of verse).  There have been many forms of this popular puzzle type poem (sometimes referred to as a "concrete" or "picture" poem).  Double and Triple Acrostics were popular with royalty and film stars - but are difficult to put together - those forms are more like a puzzle than a poem.  For the purpose of this workshop we will concentrate on 2 of the most popular Acrostic forms - Modern & ABC's.

Modern Acrostic uses the first letter of each line to spell out a word, name, or phrase as you read downward on the left. They may either be rhymed, or unrhymed, use meter or be free form. In order to make the message stand out more - you may highlight the first letter of each line, or place spaces in between so they don't run together.

Example of Modern Acrostic:  This unrhymed, free form acrostic poem was written as a group effort many years ago (when we were called Splashhall).  I copied the poem, but didn't get the names of the participants.  The Phrase used for this poem:  Enhance Your Creativity at Splashhall

Enhance Your Creativity At SplashHall
Group Poem - Splashhall©2002

Enveloped in darkness this moonless night
Nowhere can you see my thoughts of joy
Heaven alone knows what lies ahead
And my sadness encompasses me
Nearing gravelike dead
Convinced that our love is
Eternal as infinities breath

Yet how can it be?
Open now my heart bleeds
Unlock the door, show me the answers
Remembering I've breathed with infinity

Crossing time zones that blend day and night
Resisting urges to count twinkling stars and sun rays
Even now as I sit and ponder these
Abstract thoughts as
Transendental meditation mantras ooooommmm
Incence stick smoke rings swirl
Visions of Merlin in the swirling mist
I remember when it was all so simple
Ten years of turned pages and burnt toast later
You are still shadowed in my thoughts like a spell

And I sit here, enveloped in darkness
Trying to erase the pain

So give to me your hand my dear
Pale against thunderous clouds
Let Shelly, Keats or Byron speak
Alas do no weep for me I am but Myst and to Myst I
Shall return or so it is writ
He spoke with aire of knowing all
However blinded he may be
Angels will set the lead
Life goes on
Life goes on


Alphabet Poem --- also an acrostic, or as some call them Abecedarious -- notice that the first letter of each line follows the alphabet.


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
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of "Camp Complaining"
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To "thank" is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We'll run the race with gratitude
Xalting God most high
Yes, there will be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Zion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!!!

Author Unknown

Listed here is the website that I found this poem on years ago.  The page is not the same as it was, but the author was not listed.  I loved the poem, so I kept a copy of it to be used only as an example for sharing the form of the abcedarious (acrostic)


Thoughts, questions?  Ready to give it a try?  Post your acrostic poems below or share them in other sections of the boards.
~ Marsha ~

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