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Acrostic Poetry


Acrostic Poetry

Written By: Steven Wright
Date: 07/11/2015

Acrostic poetry is a type of poetry that has a feature which is quite uncommon for any other type of poetry. The first or random word or letter of each line can be substituted with another meaning of words and even sentences. Also known as "name poem", this type of poem does not include rhyming as a basic rule.

Acrostic poem writers use a unique writing technique to emphasize or hide something. For instance, an acrostic poem may have uniformed capital letters or certain words written in specialized fonts. This technique was commonly used during the Renaissance period. The technique was done to conceal a message or hide a meaning by making the poem seem more creative and stylish. In addition to this, renaissance poets use this type of poetry to give an emphasis on a patron's name or incorporate a prayer within the poem. Due to these characteristics, acrostic poems are written with care, so that the author can effectively deliver or conceal a message within the poem. This type of poetry is done with accuracy and sophistication, especially with the choice and arrangement of words.

Lewis Carroll is a poet known in this particular type of poetry. He made a book entitled "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There". This book is the sequence to the famous "Alice in Wonderland". The final chapter was done using an Acrostic type of poem.


"A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky"

Lewis Carroll

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:

Ever drifting down the stream -
Lingering in the golden gleam -
Life, what is it but a dream?

The poem mentioned above is a great example of an acrostic poetry. You can see that the first letters were written in bold. Lewis Carroll revealed the true name of Alice through the first letter of each line. Thus, Alice's name was Alice Pleasance Liddell.



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