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What is an Acrostic Poem?

An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The most common and simple form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase.

Example – An acrostic poem using the beginning of lines

A less common and slightly more difficult type of an acrostic poem is where the last letter of each line spells out the word or phrase.

Example - An acrostic poem using the end of lines

Finally, the more difficult type is where letters in the middle of the acrostic spell out the word or phrase.

Example - An acrostic poem using the middle of the lines

Why don't you try writing an acrostic poem and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

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