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Acrostic Poetry: The First-Ever Anthology

Acrostic Poetry: The First-Ever Anthology

by Michael Croland (Editor)
Acrostic Poetry: The First-Ever Anthology

Acrostic Poetry: The First-Ever Anthology

by Michael Croland (Editor)

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Overview

In this first-ever anthology, more than 80 acrostics show the versatility of a storied poetic form that dates back to ancient times. In standard acrostics, the initial letters of successive lines spell out words when read vertically. Highlights include Lewis Carroll’s acrostic about the namesake of his Alice character, Edward Lear’s humorous alphabet poem, Edgar Allan Poe’s sonnet with a name arranged diagonally, and a forty-stanza poem spelling out the Lord’s Prayer. Informative chapter introductions explore acrostic legends, including Sir John Davies, who began the tradition of using the form to praise someone’s name with acrostics about Queen Elizabeth I, and George Moses Horton, an African American slave who peddled produce and poems before he learned to write.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486850429
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 08/16/2023
Series: Dover Thrift Editions: Poetry
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: At the Tip of the Verse

Part I: Let’s Start with A
Alphabet Poems

Part II: Famous Subjects
Kings and Queens
Presidents
Other Famous Subjects
 
Part III: Other Topics
Religion
Nature
Miscellany
 
Part IV: Notable Poets
George Moses Horton
Edgar Allan Poe
Lewis Carroll
Three Presidents and a First Lady
Potpourri of Prominent Poets
 
Epilogue: Hidden Acrostics by Shakespeare, Milton, and Joyce

Selected Bibliography

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