How To Learn The Alphabet

Written for:  In Case You Missed THE LIST–dVerse Meeting the Bar:  
posted by Victoria C. Slotto in FormForAll

This poetic device is just what it says: a catalog or list of things—an inventory of people, places, things, ideas. But it is no simple shopping list or to-do list, though I suppose it could be if a little thought and a dab of poetic creativity is added to the mix. To be successful, this form is a well thought-out, complex process.

Poets use the list poem for writing humor, irony or satire, opinion, descriptive poetry, and children’s poetry.

A is for Alfred, who fell off a wall
B is for Bobby; he saw it all

C is for Cathy, who started to cry
D is for Dorothy, who simply sighed

E is for Edgar, but not Mr. Poe
F is for Frank, really Francis, you know

G is for Gigi, a lovely French name
H is for Henri, origin’s the same

I is for Ike, who was president once
J is for Jacob, who called him a dunce

K is for Katie, who loved to dance
L is for Lyle, who gave her a chance

M is for Michael, a handsome lad
N is for Natalie, the girlfriend he had

O is for Olga, who played trombone
P is for Peter, who loved her by phone

Q is for Quincy, who stole a plum
R is for Rhoda, his abetting chum

S is for Sandra, she is writing a book
T is for Ted, who watched from a nook

U is for Ursula, who studied all night
V is for Vincent, who gave her a fright

W is for William, a prince of a man
X is for Xavier, glad to shake his hand

Y is for Yolanda, who repaired that wall
Z is for Zelda, who cheered her–that’s all!

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to How To Learn The Alphabet

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    What fun, Sara! 🙂 I love this list of names, and the rhymes you’ve chained.


  2. frankhubeny says:

    Nice alphabetical list of names with attributes and rhymes.


  3. What a fun way to teach the Alphabet. Belongs in a collection for little ones.


  4. Classic. A bit Mother Goose, a dash of Gorey, a big splash of purple!


  5. Great take on the prompt, Sara!


  6. Waltermarks says:

    I think that is a great big people’s poem. They all sound perfectly normal, except Quincy


  7. What fun play with the alphabet. I love the rhyming rhythm.


  8. Names are excellent to use and what fun to use the A-Z


  9. Delicious rhythm and meter.

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  10. Ryan Stone says:

    What a fun poem, Sara. Exactly the type of clever rhyme that inspired my love of language and verse. You absolutely nailed it! I’ll be reading this one to my boys before bed tomorrow night. Thank you!


  11. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh wow!❤️ You totally rocked the prompt 😀


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