How to Write an Acrostic Poem

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
                                                      -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sometimes people want to write, but they don’t have any ideas, or any time, or they just don’t have the motivation to start writing something that is going to take a bunch of time. This is a good time to write an acrostic poem. Acrostic poems don’t usually take too long and are a lot of fun.

Now, an acrostic poem is fairly simple to understand once a person knows what it is. An acrostic poem is not a poem in a traditional sense. This kind of poem does not rhyme (at least, not normally), and often each line consists of only one word. Basically, an acrostic poem is where you choose a word, which is also your subject, and put it vertically on the paper. Then for each one of those letters you find something that works for those letters whether it is a phrase or a single word. Once each of those letters has a word or phrase next to it the acrostic poem is done. And, usually, the word that is used to form the acrostic poem is the name of the poem.

Don’t worry if that description was a bit confusing. We are going to go through making an acrostic poem step by step together, and by the time you are through you are going to be an expert in this kind of poem.

What you are going to want to do first when you are writing an acrostic poem is get something to write on. Now, this can be a computer, or a notebook, or even a napkin. You are also going to need a pen or a pencil, unless, of course, you are writing on a computer.

Then you are going to want to choose the subject that you are writing about, a single word that describes it. Often people use names for this kind of a poem. I am going to use the word ‘books.’

So what I am going to do now is put the word vertically on the paper.

Like so:


Now I am going to come up with some words or short phrases that I feel describe books.

Here is what I have: Beautifully interesting and exciting. Bringing me new ideas. Original. Knowing that books are portals to other worlds. Enjoyable.

Now that I have a few ideas I am going to put them into my acrostic and see where that gets me.

Beautifully interesting and exciting
Knowing that books are portals to other worlds

As you can see I have found words or phrases that work for some of the letters, but not for all.

So what I am going to do now is figure out words or phrases for the other two.

Alright, here is what I got when I finished the acrostic poem:

Beautifully interesting and exciting
Of many forgotten
Knowing that books are portals to other worlds
Sentences that make a story

Then I should probably name this poem ‘Books’ because that is what the word is, and that for some reason is what people usually name these poems.

That is it! The poem is done!

This poem can also be made with a phrase instead of just a single word. It is a very versatile poem. It can be done as a name or an object.

It is a kind of poem that all ages enjoy doing. It is a poem that works well as a gift especially if you write it using the person’s name.

I hope that this has given you some ideas which can sometimes be difficult to come by!

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