Acrostic Poem Generator

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What Is An Acrostic Poem?

An acrostic poem is one in which a certain feature -- for example, the first letter -- from every line combines to spell out a message -- usually the name of the subject, for instance the person to whom the acrostic poem is dedicated.


Example: An acrostic poem for Tom
    Trustworthy and kind
    One in a million you are,
    My most precious friend





How To Write An Acrostic Poem

Here are some guidelines you could use to write an acrostic poem.

  1. Decide on the subject of the acrostic poem. This could be anything; your favorite person, cat, or inanimate objects like pens.
  2. Write down the letters of the name of the subject, to spell out its name in a vertical line.
  3. Look at the vertical line to help you plan the kind of pattern the poem should follow. For instance, should the first letter of each line spell out the name of the subject the poem is about? Or, should the name of the subject be spelt out in a diagonal line? Do lines in the poem need to rhyme? What is the tone of the poem?
  4. After deciding on the pattern, work on a sentence or phrase for each letter of the subject's name. If it helps, you could first think about the first and last lines of the poem, then fill out the lines in the middle. For each line, think about which quality of the subject you would like to describe.
  5. Now that you have your acrostic poem, you might want to make the letters of the subject's name stand out more. For example, you could write each letter in bold, or color it.
  6. Go through each line again and revise the acrostic poem to your satisfaction.

Below are some common acrostic poem styles for reference.

The 'one-characteristic-per-line' style

This style is quite easy to write in: simply choose a characteristic of the subject to wax lyrical about each line.

A is for Agreeable, a breeze to get along with
R is for Refreshing, stimulating company
I is for Incredible, you raise the bar for greatness
A is for Alluring, drawing people in
L is for Light-hearted, you have an easy laughter

The 'free-form' style

This structure gives you much more freedom to let your creativity flourish. Whether or not the lines in the poem should rhyme, is optional. Below is an acrostic poem about a subject named 'Elizabeth', by Edgar Allan Poe.

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.

     -- 'An Acrostic', by Edgar Allan Poe

The double acrostic style

In this style, there is more than one grouping of letters that form the name of the subject. In the example below, the initial and last letters of each line both spell out the name 'Stroud'.

Set among hills in the midst of five valleyS,
This peaceful little market town we inhabiT
Refuses (vociferously!) to be a conformeR.
Once home of the cloth it gave its name tO,
Uphill and down again its streets lead yoU.
Despite its faults it leaves us all charmeD.

                  -- by Paul Hansford



Beautiful Acrostic Poem Examples

Here are some beautiful acrostic poems about names, taken from Dick's original album verses and acrostics.

BERTHA

Born beneath a lucky star, 
Eminent thy beauties are, 
Rising over those around 
To a height we rarely see; 
Happiness the most profound 
All who know thee wish for thee.

CHARITY

Cherry lips and sparkling eyes, 
Hair in glossy locks that lies, 
Are attractive, we confess, 
Rarely made the world to bless, 
If combined with artlessness; 
These unite to make thee fair, 
Yielding beauty past compare.

CHLOE

Cherry lips and sparkling eyes, 
Hair in glossy locks that lies, 
Are attractive, we confess, 
Rarely made the world to bless, 
If combined with artlessness; 
These unite to make thee fair, 
Yielding beauty past compare.

CONSTANCE

Courted much and flattered more, 
Owning beauty, owning grace, 
Never modest maiden wore 
Sweeter air or fairer face. 
Tried by all to make her vain, 
As they strive her love to gain; 
Now our wonder comes that she 
Can beneath that test remain 
Ever free from vanity.

DAISY

Demand not why I must her praise rehearse, 
And homage proffer to her loveliness 
In fervid language, though in feeble verse: 
Summon me not excuses to express; 
You see her charms — why, how can I say less?

EMILY

Easy in manner, elegant, refined, 
Modest her looks, accordant with her mind; 
In beauty clad, with sober sense entwined; 
Loving unselfishly her kin and kind, 
Yet to her own rare merits ever blind.

EMMA

Eluding sight, a subtle charm is thine, 
Most difficult to properly define, 
Made by thy beauty so beyond compare, 
And musical voice and manner debonair.

ETHEL

'Ethel' means 'noble,' but nobility 
The world has found lies not in birth alone, 
Her noble mind in noble thoughts we see, 
Ending in noble deeds; and thus 't is shown 
Lovely in looks, her works as sweet may be.

HANNAH

Here is a name which, read it as you may, 
A similar sweetness shows from either way. 
No hardness there, no syllables to hiss, 
No guttural sounds ring horrible in this; 
And so its owner — scan her as you may, 
Her charms the same rare excellence display.


Acrostic Poem Resources

Here is a list of resources that may aid you in acrostic poem writing.

Acrostic Poem | Poetry | About.com
Describes the origins of acrostic poems and provides examples from the Elizabethan, Romantic and Victorian periods.