An ABC poem can take two forms.
- Simply begin the poem with a word. The following line begins with a word from the next letter in the alphabet. And so on…if you start with a word beginning with A, then the next line starts with a word that begins with the letter B. Should you choose to start with a word beginning with F, then the following line begins with a word beginning with G.
- Another form of an ABC poem is one that has 5 lines. The poem creates an atmosphere, an emotion or an image. Lines 1,2,3,4 can be words, phrases or clauses. The first word in each line follows the alphabetical order after the letter of the first word. Line 5 – the first word can begin with any letter. Line 5 is one sentence.