Teachers often assign acrostic poems to school-aged children. To start an acrostic poem, write a word vertically down a page. If you're using notebook paper, there should be one letter on each line. Each letter will start one line of the poem. One common acrostic poem structure involves writing your name down a page, and then choosing an adjective to go with each letter of the name.
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Acrostic poems contain information about the word that is written down the page. If the word is "spring," you would expect the poem to contain descriptions of flowers, new life, warmer weather and rain. Sometimes the line of poetry after each letter is only a word long and sometimes it is a sentence long, but all good acrostic poems rely heavily on adjectives.
Adjectives to Describe a Person
Use various adjectives to build an acrostic poem about yourself or a loved one, incorporating the letters in your chosen name. Adjectives might include: Adorable, Beautiful, Courteous, Dedicated, Elegant, Fearless, Gregarious, Happy, Intelligent, Jovial, Kind, Loving, Meticulous, Nice, Outgoing, Patient, Quiet, Respected, Silly, Talented, Understanding, Virtuous, Wise, X-tra special, Youthful and Zany.
Adjectives that Describe a Place, Thing or Emotion
Certain adjectives can be used to describe other nouns, if your acrostic poem is about a location, a thing or a feeling. Consider words such as: Angular, Brilliant, Careful, Dangerous, Enormous, Fancy, Giant, Heavy, Isolated, Joyous, Kooky, Lean, Magnificent, Noisy, Opulent, Pricey, Quaint, Reliable, Statuesque, Tepid, Unbelievable, Valuable, Wacky, X-tra large, Yucky and Zesty.
Spend extra time on word choice when writing acrostic poems. You might even try brainstorming a list of words for your acrostic poem before you start writing. The best poems are specific and tell the reader a lot about the word written down the page.
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