How can I write an acrostic poem for Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An acrostic poem is a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase. In this assignment, I assume that you will be required to spell out Jem's full name, Jeremy Finch. The following response is an example of what an acrostic poem would look like using Jem's full name. Typically, one would focus on Jem's character and life experiences in order to create this type of poem. The following example focuses on Jem's loss of innocence after witnessing racial injustice. He becomes a more sympathetic, understanding individual after his experience. If you are to use this example, please cite accordingly and be aware that copying this work without citing is considered plagiarism.

J ust like many other boys in Maycomb,

E xcept that his father is an unbiased lawyer.

R emembers to treat others equally,

E specially after witnessing the trial.

M ay come across as jaded,

Y ou would too if you witnessed what he saw.

F or the first part of the novel,

I njustice was a foreign concept to him.

N ow that he's changed,

C an he come to terms with society?

H opeful for the future, he will fight for equality.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What a wonderful assignment for To Kill a Mockingbird. I am assuming that you will need lines for Jem's entire name.  (I am hoping that the poem needs to be written using Jem and not Jeremy.)

J- Just a quick-witted boy is he.

E- Exasperated by his sister is he.

M- Maycomb is the town he calls home.

F- Finally, he gets the courage.

I- In an effort to conceal his fears, he touches Boo's house.

N- Nothing can stop him now.

C- Concerned about the feelings of the town is he.

H- He hopes that his dad can change their minds.

I know that some of the sentences are inverted in form, but in order to use the proper form of the acrostic poem, it had to be done.


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