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PostFri Sep 07, 2012 9:19 pm » by Fatdogmendoza


Its a word That is beautiful in structure, beautiful in its pronunciation and great to play with, so go on, lets see what you have got....

An acrostic poem is a cryptographic form in which the initial letter of each line spells out a word, often the subject of the poem or the name of the person to whom the poem is dedicated.

The first known acrostics date back to ancient times: the name “acrostic” was first used to describe the prophecies of the Erithraean Sibyl, which were written on leaves arranged so that the first letter on each leaf formed a word. And one of the most famous ancient acrostics is the Roman word-square found at Cirencester in southern England:

S A T O R

A R E P O

T E N E T

O P E R A

R O T A S


(This is not only an acrostic, but a palindrome as well—notice it can be read forwards and backwards, up and down, using the same five Latin words.)

Geoffrey Chaucer and Giovanni Boccaccio also wrote acrostic poems in the Middle Ages, and the argument over the authorship of Shakespeare’s works has been fueled by some scholars’ deciphering of acrostic codes hidden in the sonnets, codes which they claim are hidden messages inserted by the real author, Christopher Marlowe. During the Renaissance, Sir John Davies published an entire book of acrostics, Hymns of Astraea, each of which spelled out the name of his queen, “Elisabetha Regina.”

In more recent times, puzzles and secret word-codes have fallen out of favor as poetic modes and acrostic poems have not been respected as “serious poetry.” Most acrostics in the past 200 years have been written as poems for children or cryptographic valentines addressed to a secret lover. But rather than using acrostics to write hymns of praise to their leaders or loved ones, some contemporary poets have embedded acrostic insults in their poems so they are not visible to their objects or government censors.

Examples:

We have a number of acrostic poems from the Elizabethan, Romantic and Victorian periods in our library here at About Poetry:

“Hymn I, Of Astraea” by Sir John Davies (1599)

“Hymn III, To the Spring” by Sir John Davies (1599)

“Hymn VII, To the Rose” by Sir John Davies (1599)

“London” by William Blake (1794)

“An Acrostic” by Edgar Allan Poe (1829)

“A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky” by Lewis Carroll (1871)

Life is but a Dream.... By Lewis Carroll

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?

This is an acrostic poem that spells out Alice's full name. Alice Pleasance Liddell

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PostFri Sep 07, 2012 10:38 pm » by Seahawk


From here, form here, I can see, too clear

At the beginning, close to, near

Then too, near the end, at the rear


Doggedly, forward

Oh, haphazard bard

Going toward


My ongoing fog

Encrusted, mangy, mongrel cog.

No, a noble beast, this regal dog.


Diana 'tis! Or, rather, company to Artemis!

Oh, dapper yet, in wilderness!

Zeus' daughter, your companion, kiss!


Aye, kiss! Artemis. :wink:


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PostFri Sep 07, 2012 10:45 pm » by Lowsix


Seahawk100 wrote:From here, form here, I can see, too clear

At the beginning, close to, near

Then too, near the end, at the rear


Doggedly, forward

Oh, haphazard bard

Going toward


My ongoing fog

Encrusted, mangy, mongrel cog.

No, a noble beast, this regal dog.


Diana 'tis! Or, rather, company to Artemis!

Oh, dapper yet, in wilderness!

Zeus' daughter, your companion, kiss!


Aye, kiss! Artemis. :wink:


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damn hawk...


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PostSat Sep 08, 2012 12:00 am » by Lowsix


Just had to pop in to say again..
Hawk that was as beautiful as it was brilliant.

i tried...and ..

i cant top it.

Hats....fucking...off.


and i dont say that lightly.
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PostSat Sep 08, 2012 1:07 am » by Fatdogmendoza


Lowsix wrote:Just had to pop in to say again..
Hawk that was as beautiful as it was brilliant.

i tried...and ..

i cant top it.

Hats....fucking...off.


and i dont say that lightly.



Man oh man...Hawk has set the standard, except the standard is as high as anything that I have ever read...What is your literary background hawk....I would love to read some of your other work mate... :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper: :clapper:

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PostSat Sep 08, 2012 1:57 am » by Lucidlemondrop


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PostSun Sep 09, 2012 11:44 am » by One-23


As only Hawk gave it a go :clapper: I thought it deserved a bump

Maybe a poor attempt but
It's a try never the less :oops:

Departed from distant places
Intelligence grows within
Silently transcending the bottomless void
Curiosity will begin.
Leaving to find the truth
Onward through the dark
Serendipity will bare all
Everlasting proof

Truth will be known from a cry of

Victory, Victory
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PostSun Sep 09, 2012 11:57 am » by Fatdogmendoza


Cageyone23 wrote:As only Hawk gave it a go :clapper: I thought it deserved a bump

Maybe a poor attempt but
It's a try never the less :oops:

Departed from distant places
Intelligence grows within
Silently transcending the bottomless void
Curiosity will begin.
Leaving to find the truth
Onward through the dark
Serendipity will bare all
Everlasting proof

Truth will be known from a cry of

Victory, Victory


Excellent little brother....Excellent :clapper:

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PostSun Sep 09, 2012 12:51 pm » by Slith


Hawk, Cagey....superb. I know how to write poetry, but not nearly on that level. Awesome.

Great thread FD :flop:
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PostSun Sep 09, 2012 2:03 pm » by Richc


Lucid sits with a book, beneath the tree

Under warm and yellow sun

Clouds of white amongst the blue

Insects softly make a hum

Dancing butterflies smelling flowers

Long grass blowing in the breeze

Endless smells and summer sounds

Meadows full of flowers and bees

Over the flowers can just be seen

New born bunnies and babbling stream

Down in the wood where field mice stay

Red deer watch and Badgers play

Oh what a beautiful, peaceful space

Pure joy under this tree, in this wonderful place



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