Acrostics can be a fun way towards a first draft. An acrostic is a poem that spells out a word or phrase using the first letter in each line from top to bottom. Here’s one by Edgar 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.
Following in Poe’s footsteps, create an acrostics using the name of your favorite character from a speculative novel, story, poem, or film. Make it an ode or don’t even mention the character, leaving the name the only thing that references him, her, or it.
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