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Acrostic Poetry

Acrostic Poetry or Acrostic (Greek “acros” = outermost. “stichos” = line of poetry)

One word, phrase or sentence representing the subject of the poem is written vertically down the left hand side of the poem with each letter of the subject becoming the first letter of a line of the poem.

Some acrostics have the vertical word at the end or in the middle of the lines.

Double acrostics have 2 verticals (either first and middle or first and last).

Triple acrostics have all 3 verticals (first, middle and last).

Originated in ancient times and used in Greek, Latin and Hebrew literature.  Some of the Biblical psalms (in Hebrew) are acrostics.

Some ancient Acrostic writers believed the form has mystical powers.