7 Fun and Inspiring Acrostics

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Today a friend that follows Positive Words Research sent us a link with abbreviations for text messages. We scanned the list and found some creative writings really amazing, some are so inspiring and some are actually very funny. These are called acrostics. An acrostic is a poem (or other forms of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word or a message. We shared below the ones that we like most.

Acrostic for PAINS:

Positive
Approach
In
Negative
Situation

Acrostic for SORRY:

Some
One is
Really
Remembering
You

Acrostic for BLESSING:

Begin your day with
Love in your heart
Expect blessings
Share goodness
Shine like the sun
Inspire someone
Never forgot that
God is with you all time

Acrostic for MATHS:

Mental
Attack
To
Healthy
Students

Source: Abbreviation SMS on Desi Comments.

But the most inspiring, beautiful and also famous acrostic poems are the below three acrostics.

The classic example of the acrostic poem written in English by Edgar Allan Poe, entitled simply “An Acrostic” for the name ELIZABETH:

Elizabeth it is in vain you say
Love not”—thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth—and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love—was cured of all beside—
His follie—pride—and passion—for he died.

In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, the final chapter “A Boat, Beneath A Sunny Sky” is an acrostic of the real Alice’s name: ALICE PLEASANCE LIDDELL:

A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July –

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear –

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream –
Lingering in the golden gleam –
Life, what is it but a dream?

Contained in A Calendar Acrostic is an example that uses the first three letters of each line, not just the first, for abbreviations for the months of the year:

JANet was quite ill one day.
FEBrile trouble came her way.
MARtyr-like, she lay in bed;
APRoned nurses softly sped.
MAYbe, said the leech judicial
JUNket would be beneficial.
JULeps, too, though freely tried,
AUGured ill, for Janet died.
SEPulchre was sadly made.
OCTaves pealed and prayers were said.
NOVices with ma’y a tear
DECorated Janet’s bier.

Source: Acrostic meaning on Wikipedia.

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