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Acrostic Workshop Poem by Evie Sutcliffe, Work Experience Pupil


An acrostic poem is when the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The style most commonly used is when the first letters of each line spell out a word of phrase. This usually makes the poem easier and more enjoyable to read!

To create an acrostic poem, you will need:

 A blank piece of paper
 A pen or pencil
 A theme/word to base your poem on
 Creative ideas!


To start with, you need to write down possible words or themes you want to base your poem on that you are able to create sentences from the letters of the word. Think about possible poetic techniques such as similes, metaphors and imagery that you wish to include...

You are now ready to create your acrostic poem!


Here is one example of an acrostic poem:

A n acrostic poem
C reates a challenge
R andom words on a theme
O r whole sentences that rhyme
S elect your words carefully
T o form a word from top to bottom
I s the aim of this poetry style
C hoose a word then go!

Your Turn

Finished? Why not submit your poem to Young Writers and we will enter it into one of our competitions.

Alternatively send your poem to:

Young Writers, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9BF or email it to