About Poetry – An Acrostic Poem

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An Acrostic is a poem or another form of writing in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, message or the alphabet.

From the French 🇫🇷 – acrostiche. As a form of constrained writing, an acrostic can be used as a mnemonic device to aid memory retrieval. An example to remember the colours of the rainbow 🌈 this mnemonic is used:

Richard = Red

Of = Orange

York. = Yellow

Gave. = Green

Battle. = Blue

In. = Indigo

Vain. = Violet


Step 1 – Decide what to write about.

Step 2 – Write your word down the left-hand side of the page, vertically.

Step 3 – Brainstorm words and phrases, that start with the letters you have written down the page that describe your idea.

Step 4 – Place your brainstormed words, phrases or even short sentences on the lines that begin with the same letters. i.e.

Apples wither

Under the tree



Mist creeps around us.

November follows October.

Step 5 – Fill in the rest of the lines to finish the Acrostic.

Apples wither,

Under the tree,

Tainted by birds.

Undulating winds,

Mist creeps around us,

November follows October.

A lot of people like to use their own or a friend’s name.

See example below.

Carolina speaks Spanish,

Advises friends,

Remembers friends’


Offers help where she can.

Loves her cats

Is their sole carer.

Never lies,

Always writing poetry.


©The Vixen of Verse, 2020.