How to write an acrostic poem

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This month’s recipe is about how to write Acrostic Poems. Do you know what an acrostic poem is? Well, the word acrostic is formed from the Greek word acros (outermost) and stichos (line of poetry). The acrostic is a poem where the first letter of each line forms a word when you read them looking downward.

So, follow this recipe and we look forward to reading all your creative entries!!

Ingredients

Pen 
Paper 
Imagination 
Name of your mum or the word Mother

Method

1. Choose whether you would like to use your mum’s name or Mother’s Day. 
2. Write the subject of your poem vertically (up and down) on a piece of paper.

Note

M ulti-tasking Genius 
O fficial head of the household 
T eacher of Life, 
H older of embarrassing secrets
E ncouragement Queen 
R ole model forever

3. Then, brainstorm a list of words/ideas to include in the poem. Think of any words that you might use to describe your mum. Don’t try to only think of words that begin with the letters in your subject word, list anything you think of. You can make the words/ideas fit later.

4.Next, look through the list of words/ideas. Begin to decide how they might fit into the poem.

5.Work through all the letters of your subject word until you have created a line for each letter. Sometimes this can be tough. The first idea isn’t always the best. You may need to think of some new words that describe your subject word to complete your poem.

Put all the ingredients together and mix well. And remember not to forget to check grammar, spelling and punctuation!

Note

M is for the million things she gave to me
O means only that she’s growing old 
T is for the tears she shed to save me 
H is for her heart of purest gold 
E is for her eyes, with love light shining 
R means right, and right she will always be

Put them altogether, and they spell mother, a word that means the world to me.


So everyone, now you know what to do, get out your thinking caps and send us your Acrostic Poems!! You might have your Poem published worldwide! Fancy making new friends as well as improving your English skills – then why not register for our new Primary English Courses. We have classes in Rose Hill and Northfields International School or look at our website www. britishcouncil.mu for more details.

Competition

Send your Acrostic Poems before the 17th May to L’express Junior on WhatsApp at 59842862 or by mail to [email protected]

Don’t forget to include

  • Your name 
  • Your age 
  • Your school 
  • Your address 
  • Your tel no.

Your poem will be published on lexpress.mu and on the British Council page which is read worldwide. You can win a day at a five-star hotel for you and your parents. The other prizes are a lunch with your mum or a holiday course at British Council!

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