Going Vertical The Acrostic Poem

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Going Vertical The Acrostic Poem An acrostic is a type of poem you probably first wrote in elementary school. The writer takes a word or phrase, writes it vertically on the page, and then builds each line
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Going Vertical The Acrostic Poem An acrostic is a type of poem you probably first wrote in elementary school. The writer takes a word or phrase, writes it vertically on the page, and then builds each line beginning with one letter of the word/phrase. This simple and sweet technique has adorned innumerable Mother s Day cards. However, more advanced uses of the technique can be compelling for a reader, providing an opportunity for unique insight and a nice surprise when the reader notices the code. Ideas for building an advanced acrostic poem: Build your poem with rhyming couplets (AABBCCDD...) or try an alternate (ABABCDCD...) rhyme scheme. Consider ending your poem with the first word you used in the poem. This gives a strong note of finality to your work. Try a double acrostic, where the first and last letter of each line are the same letter, so the root word/phrase appears, like a code, on both sides of the poem. Want a real challenge? Try to make every line the exact same meter/number of syllables. Makes me feel better Only thinks of others Takes me to get ice cream Helps me with my homework Every day is there for me Ready to give a hug Love, Junior EXAMPLES The Price Of Peace Tired soldiers going home Hope is the road they roam Each waiting for war to cease Proud to believe in peace Ready to return to family Instead of facing the enemy Courage becomes their reward Endless warriors with a sword One wish for each day to live Fighting for protection to give Pressed to use the power of will Endlessly not wanting to kill A time for a loved ones kiss Candles in a window and a wish Each day is the price of peace Edgar Allan Poe Evil comes, reaching and creeping Darkness leaving you, shivering and weeping Gray shadows fall, they bring doom All around, trapping you in the room Ready to claim you, as you scream And you realize that this is no dream Life almost deserts you, you re left alone Lonely thoughts are chilling you to the bone Almost as the nightmare starts becoming true Now you feel the horror striking out at you Panic begins stabbing inside your head Out there come those you believed long dead Endless laughter comes from a solitary raven Author Unknown from Through the Looking-Glass A boat, beneath a sunny sky Lingering onward dreamily In an evening of July Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear, Pleased a simple tale to hear Long has paled that sunny sky: Echoes fade and memories die: Autumn frosts have slain July. Still she haunts me, phantomwise, Alice moving under skies Never seen by waking eyes. Children yet, the tale to hear, Eager eye and willing ear, Lovingly shall nestle near. In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die: In Lewis Carroll s Through the Looking- Glass, the writer includes this poem, which is an acrostic of Alice Pleasance Liddell, his real-life family friend and inspiration for his Alice in Wonderland protagonist. ASSIGNMENT Now, it s your turn! Take your assigned topic and build an acrostic poem that shows some depth of thought about the subject. 1. Write the word/name/phrase at the top of your poem as the title. 2. You must use either rhyming couplets (AABBCCDD...) or an alternate (ABABCDCD...) rhyme scheme. 3. Your poem needs to be typed and left-justified, so that the capital letters of each line can be read vertically. Chris Smith Ever drifting down the stream Lingering in the golden gleam Life, what is it but a dream? Due: based on American authors. Langston Hughes Anne Bradstreet Maxine Hong Kingston Mark Twain Maya Angelou Willa Cather Tim O Brien William Faulkner T.S. Eliot Stephen Crane Flannery O Connor F. Scott Fitzgerald Zora Neale Hurston Arthur Miller Eugene O Neill Toni Morrison J.D. Salinger Emily Dickinson Alice Walker Nathaniel Hawthorne Tennessee Williams Frederick Douglass Gertrude Stein John Steinbeck Ernest Hemingway Ralph Ellison Henry James Herman Melville Upton Sinclair Robert Frost Thomas Wolfe Ralph Waldo Emerson James Fenimore Cooper Lorraine Hansberry Walt Whitman Henry David Thoreau Jack London Amy Tan Joseph Heller based on characters from Romeo & Juliet. Friar Lawrence Balthasar Friar John The Apothecary Prince Escalus County Paris Balthasar Friar Lawrence Friar John The Apothecary Prince Escalus County Paris based on American presidents. George Washington Zachary Taylor Benjamin Harrison Dwight D. Eisenhower John Adams Millard Fillmore Grover Cleveland John F. Kennedy Thomas Jefferson Franklin Pierce William McKinley Lyndon Johnson James Madison James Buchanan Theodore Roosevelt Richard Nixon James Monroe Abraham Lincoln William Taft Gerald Ford John Quincy Adams Andrew Johnson Woodrow Wilson Jimmy Carter Andrew Jackson Ulysses S. Grant Warren Harding Ronald Reagan Martin Van Buren Rutherford Hayes Calvin Coolidge George Bush William Henry Harrison James Garfield Herbert Hoover Bill Clinton John Tyler Chester Arthur Franklin D. Roosevelt George W. Bush James Polk Grover Cleveland Harry Truman Barack Obama based on popular films. Toy Story Monsters University How to Train Your Dragon The Hunger Games The Jungle Book Despicable Me The Chronicles of Narnia Lord of the Rings A Bug s Life Miss Congeniality Pirates of the Carribean Harry Potter Legally Blonde Mary Poppins Kung Fu Panda Lion King Castaway Tangled Finding Nemo Star Wars Forrest Gump The Little Mermaid Wizard of Oz Princess Bride Sleeping Beauty The Incredibles Beverly Hills Chihuahua Beauty and the Beast Cinderella Pocahantas Ratatouille Indiana Jones Men in Black Princess Diaries Peter Pan Home Alone Monsters, Inc. Princess and the Frog The Nightmare Before Christmas
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