I’ve been doing Title Tuesday, first on eons.com, then on Facebook, for more than ten years. I did one again this morning, but for the first time I asked the poets to try my specialty, which is ACROSTIC Poetry, a genre favored by Lewis Carroll, the author of some of the Psalms of the Old Testament, and many others. So this week’s feature included a primer of sorts. Here it is in its entirety.
Title Tuesday for March 2, 2021: Acrosticon
Friends, today I want to welcome you to my world, that of acrostic poetry. So we’ll have FIFTEEN titles today, for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced acrosticists.
Beginning: Single Acrostic
The first letter of every line will also make words. Might be fun to warm up with an acostic that is also your name.
Gosh gee whiz
And this here is
Rejoicing to be
Yes, so much to see
Intermediate: Double Acrostic
This time not only the first letters, but also the last letters, form words.
Keep a thought that all be well
In a moment sound the bell–a
Nest of goodness C.O.D.
Delivers her love blissfully
Notice that the end of Line Two is really the beginning of Line 3. Sometimes I “fudge” like this when the end letters are hard to rhyme.
That last one will, I hope, be an irresistible challenge for our Stude Stud, Bob Kabchef.
Advanced: Triple Acrostic
In this one there will also be a middle column of letters.
Aye Luv Yew
Auld Lang Nay
Yet Unto Joe
Each Veil’s Glow
Joe is, of course, our own Joseph Arechavala.
Notice the more columns you put into your acrostic, the trickier it gets, and the “fudgier” you may have to be. But that’s not a bug; it’s a feature. When creativity is demanded of you, the more stubborn you are, the more creative you get.
Take Bake Make
Mama Papa Baby
Try Vie Cry
Truth Truly Dares
Guitar Fender Bender
Seem impossible? Not so. If three poets are fearless enough to try even one of these, I will do all of them by midnight.
Have fun, Friends.