4Takes a Really Astounding Stomach to Handle this mess. TRASHTakes a Really Astounding Stomach to Handle this mess.
5MARYMarvelous artist Adores her white poodle Reads books all day Youth soccer is her sport
6ACROSTICS The acrostic is an ancient form of poetry. The word acrostic comes from the Greek word akrostikhis:akron = end stikhos = lineOne famous acrostic was written by Edgar Allen Poe, called “A Valentine to ______.”
7“A Valentine to ______” In this poem, Poe did not use the traditional setup for an acrostic. Instead, he hid the name of his friend in the lines: For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes, Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda, Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader. Search narrowly the lines!—they hold a treasure Divine—a talisman—an amulet That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure—
8How do you find out who it’s for? The letters are one to a line…the first letter is the first letter of the first line:For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,The first letter of her name is…The second letter is the second letter of the second line:Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,The second letter of her name is…Fr
9So who is this Valentine for? Follow the pattern…For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes, Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda, Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader. Search narrowly the lines!—they hold a treasure Divine—a talisman—an amulet That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure—So who is this Valentine for?Frances
10There are several ways to write an acrostic poem… It can be a list, with a different item or characteristic (trait) on each line.“Mary” is a list of phrases. “Tarzan” is a list of words.TanAthleticResourcefulZoomsAssertiveNimbleMarvelous artistAdores her white poodleReads books all dayYouth soccer is her sport
11There are several ways to write an acrostic poem… An acrostic can comprise a statement or question that works its way through the poem.“Cat” and “Trash” are statements.Takes aReallyAstoundingStomach toHandle this mess.Can’tAvoidTrouble
12To write an acrostic… You first need to think about your subject. Complete the Personal Inventory as honestly as possible.No one in the class will read what you write unless you decide to share.Write words, phrases, thoughts, and feelings.Do not worry about spelling.
13Now find the right details… Complete Finding the Right Details.Look at the words and phrases on your Personal Inventory.Underline those that are most important to you.Choose the “telling details” (those that others may not know about you, but they reveal part of you).Do any of your items have a common theme? This could unify your acrostic poem.
14Start your first draft… Once you’ve selected your details, you’ll be writing your first draft.Then write it differently. Be sure it’s still about the same subject, but choose different details or different words or phrases.Decide which one you prefer. This is what you’ll use to write your final draft.
15EXAMPLES OF ACROSTICS Marvelous artist Adores her white poodle Reads books all dayYouth soccer is her sportTakes a Really Astounding Stomach to Handle this mess.TanAthleticResourcefulZoomsAssertiveNimbleCan’tAvoidTrouble
16Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American authors of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.Word to Know: Macabre (pronounced “mak-kahb”) is a quality of certain artistic or literary works, characterized by a grim or ghastly atmosphere. In these works, there is an emphasis on the details and symbols of death.