Acrostic Poem Examples

Acrostic poems bring me right back to when I was a young boy in primary school. The teacher set colourful paper in front of us and told us about the poems before setting us on our way to create our own. They are really simple and are really enjoyable for children as they encourage them to use associative language to create a feeling from the name or term that is being used.

Commonly, the first word of each line spells out a name or phrase, however they can appear anywhere within. Take a look at some of my examples below and then go away and do some of your own. You can broach any number of topics and it can be really fun to engage in whether you’re a child or adult.

Acrostic Poem Examples

Using the First Letter of Every Line

Spelling out “Swamp”

Squelching footsteps on the ground!

Wellies pulled right up tight!

All around the fog builds up!

Moist marshes!

Pretty stinky if you ask me!

Spelling out “Tea”

Time for a cuppa?

Earl Grey alright, my love?

A ginger nut or two?

Spelling out “Chess”

Chess is the game of kings

Hunched over the board with wrinkled brow

Every move counts

Should I move my knight or pawn?

Surely they’ve thought three steps ahead

Spelling out “Fish”

Fishing requires patience

In the lake they await

Splashing around when they’re hooked on the line


Spelling out “summer”

Summer time and the living is easy

Umbrellas cover me in shade

Maybe we’ll go to the beach

Melting, my ice cream trickled down my hand

Everybody and their dog is out enjoying it

Resorts are packed with sunburnt holiday makers!

Spelling out “winter”

Winter gives me an awful chill

Icicles form on my window ledge

Nights last longer and longer

Tomorrow there will be a snow ball fight and I will win

Ever street is buried in snow

Really slippery floors

Spelling out “spring”

Spring has come

Perfumed smells from all the plants opening again

Roses in bloom

Incredible amount of colour on the trees

Nearby the butterflies flutter

Gardens alive with life once more

Spelling out “autumn”

All the leaves are brown

Under the trees are littered with leafs

Time to prepare for winter again

Underneath my feet the sound of crunching leafs

Nearby a squirrel gathers nuts

Different positions within the lines

Spelling out “Paper”

Please Pass me that paper

A quick note to Aunt Judy

Maybe Patrick would like one too?

Where on earth is that bloody papEr?

Spelling out “Truck”

Across The highway the truck charges on

Pulling up behind a sports caR

Near the Underpass a traffic jam starts

The trucK reaches its destination

Spelling out “Worm”

In the garden a Worm wiggled

I Overturned it with a garden spade

It coiled aRound the time of my finger

Mr worM

Using Names

Spelling out “Philip K. Dick”

PreCogs and Pre-crime

Hunting down runaway androids

Isidore mistakes real for artificial

Lincoln reborn as a Simulacrum

Insanity through false reality



Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In Milton Lumky Territory

Clans of the Alphane Moon


Spelling of “Sagan”

Scientific mind of wonder


Gazing at the stars

An agent of reason

Now, sadly no longer alive

Spelling out Shakespeare

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them

Hell is empty and all the devils are here

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words

Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven

Edward III

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind

Prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

Elizabethan playwright

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving

Entertained the masses

Acrostic Poems by Famous Poets

Edger Allan 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.

Lewis Carroll – A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

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?

EllaBella – Terror

Try as I might I can’t get out of bed, stuck to it with fear

Every inch and the horrid shadows get so near

Rogues I can only think of lurk in my dreams

‘Run downstairs’, I tell myself, ‘No more screams!’

Open the door and fear stands in your way

‘Ruthless thoughts, go away, I want to have my own say!’

There are some what I have done myself and some that I have found by published writers, but you could easily write your own, and do a lot better than the ones that I have done. As mentioned it is great for kids, but getting back into the swing of it myself was so much fun.

You can write on anything that you like and approach topics that are close to your heart.


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