An Introduction to Acrostic

Acrostic is a literary device by which the initial letters of consecutive lines are constructed alphabetically, in such order as to form a word.

Examples of Acrostic

    The 5 points of Calvinism:
  1. Total depravity
    Unconditional election
    Limited atonement
    Irresistible grace
    Perseverance of the saints

    Here, in the order the lines are arranged, the initial letters combine and form the word “Tulip”.

  2. Your answer must not come by prying force
    Except that gentle urging of your mind.
    So take your time, and tell me when you will.

    Here likewise, using the same technique, the word “yes” is formed.

The use of this device in writing or oratory is limited mainly to the realm of memorization as opposed to effect. It is a form of composition that allows the audience to recall, without much difficulty, previous points or points after the fact.

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