The history of Prosperous Snow written for the group Reminiscences
Idea for a Poetry Form
On Tuesday, April 7, while I was working the primary election polls I got an idea for a poetry form. This is a version of the Acrostic poetry form. In the acrostic form the first letter of each line spells out the title of the poem. I know of, at least, three versions of this form. There is the first letter acrostic which spells out the title down the left of the poem. There is the last letter acrostic which spells out the title across the left side of the poem or with the last letter of each line. There is the second letter acrostic which spells out the title with the second letter of each line.
The version of this form I am considering is spelling out the title with the first letter of the first line of each stanza. Below is am example
Raise your voices in praise and gratitude.
Once again God has spoken to humanity
and has sent His messenger to mankind.
Shout out the good news
that the Lord has returned.
Sing out the Lord's new name!
Proclaim the good tidings
to the peoples and tribes of Earth.
Extol the Glorious Lord!
Emblazon His name across the planet.
Long have we waited for this age;
for the descent of a New Heaven and a New Earth.
Explanation of this form.
Line Count: Each stanza must have at least two lines. The maximum number of lines is up to the poet.
Form: After the first line in a stanza the rest of the lines are indented either five or ten spaces. The number of stanzas depends on the number of letters in the word or phrase used as the title. There is no specific syllable count or rhyme scheme because both of these are the poet's choice.
Subject: It depends on the word or phrase used as the title.
What is the name of this form? The most logical name is a Stanza Acrostic because of the way it is laid out.