Definition of Acrostic Poem:
A poem in which the first letter in each line form a name or phrase when read in sequence.
Acrostic Poem example:
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,
Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.
This poem is an example of the acrostic form because the first letter of each line spells "Elizabeth". Acrostic poems are often written as odes to a lover or dear subject.
See also: Concrete Poem