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An acrostic poem is created by arranging the first letter of each line so that they flow in alphabetical order, or form a word or phrase. Rhyme and meter aren't issues in this style of poetry, which causes some to consider it not poetry at all. Also, the only set length is that of what you choose to represent with the first letters. However, it's been around for thousands of years. This style was common among the Greeks and derived from the Greek words akros, "at the end," and stichos, "line". It was used by Latin playwrights and Medieval monks; it was popular in the Middle High German and Italian renaissance periods. If it please ya, learn more from the links below.

An example:

Mounting the sky, higher and higher;
Oblivious to we who dwell below;
Only she feels the warmth of the sun
Now that he has set.

The subject of this poem is the "moon", as indicated by the bolded letters.

Links:

humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Fi…
members.fortunecity.com/mrk/he…
www.emory.edu/ENGLISH/classes/…
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SkippyJr Featured By Owner May 13, 2005   Filmographer
I like this style of writing,
I thinks it's very nice.
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RiverRune Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for spending the time writing about these different forms. I've never really thought about the form of my poems until now. I've just written my first acrostic thanks to you!
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poetic-forms Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004   Writer
Cool! When you submit it to DA, send us the link and we'll put it in our listing of member poems.
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RiverRune Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
The acrostic poem that I just wrote is titled Ether Birth at ~RiverRune. I'm not really sure how to create a link to the deviation itself. Sorry! If you can tell me then I'd appreciate it. I'm sure it makes it a lot easier for you.
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