Compare/constrast acrostics and limericks comparing and Contrasting Acrostics and Limericks



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COMPARE/CONSTRAST ACROSTICS AND LIMERICKS


Comparing and Contrasting Acrostics and Limericks

Gobind Srikureja

HS English Grade 11

Mr. Mark Jacobsen

Wells International School

There are many types of poems in this world including limerick and acrostic poems. A limerick is a kind of poem supposed to be funny which normally does not make sense.  An acrostic is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message (1). Acrostic poems and limericks share both similarities and differences between each other. Acrostics and limericks, both, have metaphors, are about dreams and have rhymes. While an acrostic is different from a limerick because the poems in the acrostic category’s first letters of each line spell out to a message normally the title of the story. A limerick is known for its funniness where as acrostics may or may not be funny. 

Acrostics and limericks both have metaphors. Both of the poems represent something else and so they would not be easy to understand. An example of an acrostic representing something else is shown in the poem “A Boat, Beneath a Sunny Sky”. The last stanza, “Ever drifting down the stream, Lingering in the golden gleam, Life what is it but a dream?” revives the boat motif of the first, but rather than referring to a single specific event, uses it as a metaphor for life. (2)  While an example of a limerick representing some else, is the limerick poetry “The time machine”. In this poem, time represents money and machine represents creativity to make that money. In conclusion, acrostic poems and limericks share both similarities and differences between each other.

Acrostics and limericks both could be about dreams. An example of an acrostic poem being about a dream is “A boat, beneath a sunny sky”. It talks about life and dream in this sentence “Life, what is it but a dream?” An example of a limerick that talks about dreams is the poem “The time machine”. This poem talks about dreams in this phrase “There is nothing your mind cannot do, Dream up some dreams…” In conclusion, Acrostic poems and limericks share both similarities and differences between each other.

Acrostics and limericks both have rhymes. Both these poems have rhymes in them whether it is the rhyming of the first sentence with the last or the first sentence with the second. Acrostic poem’s have rhyming in their paragraphs, their whole paragraph have the same rhyme as shown in the poem "A Boat, Beneath a Sunny Sky". The stanza “Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear, Pleased a simple tale to hear…” shows the rhymes. However limericks have rhyming at different places. An example of limerick is the poem “The time machine”. Lines one, two, and five are the triplet and rhyme while lines three and four form a rhyming couplet. (3) This is shown in the stanza, “There's a time machine inside your mind, To this time and space not confined; Return to the past, Destinations are vast, Or fast forward to see what you find. In conclusion, Acrostic poems and limericks share both similarities and differences between each other.

Acrostics are not only similar but also different than limericks. Acrostics are poems where the first letter of each line spells a word that can be read vertically. (3) Limericks do not have these characteristics. An example phrase of an acrostic poem that shows the identity characteristics is “A boat, beneath a sunny sky, Lingering onward dreamily, In an evening of July - Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear…” from the poem “A Boat, Beneath A Sunny Sky” spells out Alice. This is what makes the acrostic poems different from the limericks. In conclusion, Acrostic poems and limericks share both similarities and differences between each other.



Limericks are not only different from acrostic poems because acrostics have the special letters spelling out to form a word but also because limericks have something unique of their own too which is funniness. Limericks are known for their funniness even though most of them are considered nonsense while acrostic poems may or may not be funny. People who are bored and need some fun and funny would read limericks not acrostics. In conclusion, Acrostic poems and limericks share both similarities and differences between each other.

As a conclusion, Acrostic poems and limericks share both similarities and differences between each other. Acrostics and limericks, both, have metaphors, are about dreams and have rhymes. While an acrostic is different from a limerick because the poems in the acrostic category’s first letters of each line spell out to a message normally the title of the story. A limerick is known for its funniness where as acrostics may or may not be funny.



Resources


  1. http://www.uphamscornernews.com/acrostic-poem-for-kristi.html

  2. http://mtcorps.pbworks.com/w/page/9582015/Five%20Simple%20Poems

  3. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_meaning_of_the_poem_at_the_end_of_Through_The_Looking_Glass


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