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A Jane Austen Acrostic Poem

This week we were sent a charming acrostic poem by Violeta Murray.
Jane Austen


Jewel in the English crown
Attar of a rose in bown
Nectar and a garden bliss
Eden in it’s Golden Fleece
An anointed Goddess made
Unsurpassed in her trade
Salutations oh divine
Troth of all the written words
Echoes in our souls a stirred
Nectar from the Gods a spurred
Acrostic Poem jewellery
Georgian “Regard” brooch, circa 1810.

An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet. The word comes from the French acrostiche and from post-classical Latin acrostichis.

Using letters to hide a message, as in acrostic ciphers, was popular during the Renaissance, and could employ various methods of enciphering, while in the Regency period, acrostic jewelry came into vogue. These brooches, rings and other ornaments used gemstones beginning with each letter of the alphabet to spell out sentimental sayings such as LOVE, DEAREST, of REGARD.
( If you’re a fan of acrostic puzzles, you might like to have a look at the Jane Austen acrostic puzzle book. )

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