This week we were sent a charming acrostic poem by Violeta Murray.
Jane AustenJewel in the English crownAttar of a rose in bownNectar and a garden blissEden in it’s Golden FleeceAn anointed Goddess madeUnsurpassed in her tradeSalutations oh divineTroth of all the written wordsEchoes in our souls a stirredNectar from the Gods a spurred
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. )
The Georgian “Regard” brooch is pictured with the ruby at the end rather than at the beginning. Would it have been worn that way so that the woman, looking in her mirror, could “read” the sentiment?
erlesan July 26, 2020