Whittled Words – Acrostic Poem



Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:




Continuing with the poetic forms available to poets, we should discuss acrostic poetry. Acrostic poetry is very easy and fun. The most basic form spells words out on the left-hand side of the page using the first letter of each line.


Crunchy chewy


Nice and sweet

Delightful and delicious

Yummy treat


If you notice, the first letter of every line makes the simple word, ‘candy’. It’s very simple, and you can make it as difficult as you want, and that’s where the fun begins. You can also use the last letter of each line as in this example, that spells out the word ‘star’:


Shines and twinkleS

In the nighT

There is a plethorA

Forever and eveR



The brave at heart can even try double acrostics–that is, spelling things out using the first and last letter of each line.

The acrostic is easy to do in its simplest form, but ambitious poets could write a whole paragraph or stories using acrostics if they had the desire. Or even write a double acrostic sonnet or sestina.



Examples of Acrostic Poems:




by Edgar Allen Poe


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,

Breathe it less gently forth – and veil thine eyes.

Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried

To cure his love – was cured of all beside –

His folly – pride – and passion – for he died.





By John Keats


Kind sister! aye, this third name says you are;

Enchanted has it been the Lord knows where;

And may it taste to you like good old wine,

Take you to real happiness and give

Sons, daughters and a home like honied hive.





By Lewis Carroll


Little maidens, when you look

On this little story-book,

Reading with attentive eye

Its enticing history,

Never think that hours of play

Are your only HOLIDAY. (Lorina)

And that in a HOUSE of joy

Lessons serve but to annoy:

If in any HOUSE you find

Children of a gentle mind,

Each the others pleasing ever. (Alice)

Each the others vexing never-

Daily work and pastime daily

In their order taking gaily-

Then be very sure that they

Have a life of HOLIDAY. (Edith)





By Brad Osborne

(Example of a double Acrostic)


I find it hard to let go

All the things

Making me so numb

Bashing to and fro

Rarely being kinder

A hopeful old man

Drags through his life



I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own acrostic poem. Thanks for reading!




8 Responses to “Whittled Words – Acrostic Poem”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    as usual, I like yours the best!

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