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acrostic

(əkrŏ`stĭk), arrangement of words or lines in which a series of initial, final, or other corresponding letters, when taken together, stand in a set order to form a word, a phrase, the alphabet, or the like. A famous acrostic was made on the Greek for Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior: Iesous Christos, Theou Uios, Soter (ch and th being each one letter in Greek). The initials spell ichthus, Greek for fish; hence the frequent use of the fish by early Christians as a symbol for Jesus. There are several alphabetic acrostics (pertaining to the Hebrew alphabet) in the Bible, e.g., in Ps. 119 and LamentationsLamentations,
book of the Bible, placed immediately after Jeremiah, to whose author it has been ascribed since ancient times. It was probably composed by several authors. It is a series of five poems mourning the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon.
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. Acrostic verses are common, and very elaborate puzzles have been devised combining several schemes.

Acrostic

 

a poem in which the first letter of each line forms a word or phrase when read from the top downward. Acrostics originated in ancient Greek poetry and are found in Russian poetry from the 17th century onward. Poems in which a word is formed from the last letter of each line (telestic) or the middle letter (mesostic) occur less frequently. The sonnet “To Valerii Briusov” by M. Kuzmin is an acrostic. The first three lines read:

Voluminous waves direct their surf
At cliffs that still stand firm.
Lo! An eagle flies past the pitiful sights . . .   

acrostic

a. a number of lines of writing, such as a poem, certain letters of which form a word, proverb, etc. A single acrostic is formed by the initial letters of the lines, a double acrostic by the initial and final letters, and a triple acrostic by the initial, middle, and final letters
b. the word, proverb, etc., so formed
c. (as modifier): an acrostic sonnet
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Like Aboab's acrostics, Lagunas hieroglyphs reveal and conceal simultaneously.
An elegant commemorative mug, made probably by Minton in about 1830 is printed in puce with a portrait of Wesley and a 10-line acrostic verse in which the first letter of each line spells out his name.
During the 20-day activity, the first author would explain the Ask, Reflect, Text (ART) mnemonic strategy to participants at the beginning of each of two daily 90-minute sessions: after choosing a story topic, ask yourself the WWW, W=2, H=2 acrostic questions (A); as you reflect about your answers, illustrate them using art media so as to have a visual story plan (R); using your visual plan, compose the text of your story (T).
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Luca Cumani's Acrostic has few miles on the clock for a five-year-old and the totesport 0800 221 221 Hambleton Stakes looks well within the capabilities of a horse who should take high rank in these sort of races all season.
In a rare combination of science and poetry, Harley traces the Monarch butterfly's life cycle in both accurate illustrations and a set of poems written in a range of forms from haiku to acrostic verse.
The poet opens the collection with a clever entry: an acrostic in which she explains how to write one and invites kids to write their own.
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White's Charlotte's Web, they wrote acrostic poems using the flame Templeton (a central character n the book) as a starting point, and did other writing activities, which were then pinned to the board.
Nothing, of course, is impossible, and the acrostic, certainly, is a salient enough feature of the text; but whether it enters into it quite as profoundly and consistently as Kay suggests I am not sure.
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From there, the acrostic marches through the Hebrew alphabet.