Un acrostiche ( acrostic in English) is a poem you make up using vertically all the letters from one word, each letter starts a verse.
Alan, student in Martine's Tuesday morning French class, wrote one using the word: A tire-larigot, which means doing something to excess.
Here is Alan's acrostic:
Un très pauvre acrostiche
A l’écol’, un bel élève,
Thomas, un enfant dissipé,
Ignor’ le fait « la vie est brève »,
Refus’ d’apprendre « A, B, C ».
Ennuyeux et agaçant,
Le cauchemar de ses professeurs,
Applaudit-il, en ricanant, les
Rigolos et rapporteurs.
Impossible d’enseigner, mais
Goss’ d’une bonne famille,
Or -- il a une qualité:
Thomas aime bien les filles ! (à tire-larigot)
‘ = e muet
Acrostics are fun to imagine and can be written whatever your level of French as the French teacher can use a very simple word as the basis of the poem.
You could try yourselves with the word muguet ( lily of the valley), it is the custom to give a sprig of lily of the valley to your loved ones on the 1st May. The custom goes back to 1st May 1561 when the French king Charles IX, having received a sprig ( un brin de muguet) on that date as a good luck charm ( un porte bonheur) decided to give one to all the ladies of the royal court ( les dames de la cour), every year on May 1st, and the custom has lasted ever since.
You could offer lily of the valley à tire-larigot, except that just one sprig is vey expensive!
Why not come and join one of our French courses now to learn and have fun at the same time? We still have a couple of places in the French drama workshop and our intensive courses will start soon. For more info...