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Chaucer also wrote acrostics such as his "ABC" (Prior a nostre dame) in his younger days.
Acrostics are also common in Kabbalistic charms and word squares, including the Cirencester word square of Roman origin: in classical Hebrew poetry.
When the result is humorous or deliberately absurd, the acyron becomes a malapropism. For instance, John Webster's is a play adapted from an older Italian novella.
Many of Shakespeare's history plays are adaptations of Holinshed's chronicles, etc.
ABBEY THEATRE: The center of the Irish Dramatic movment founded in 1899 by W. Yeats and Lady Gregory, built with the express purpose of presenting Irish plays performed by Irish actors.
This five-act structure became a convention of drama (and especially tragedy) during the Renaissance.
Horace coins the phrase in his treatise, Ars Poeticae, a treatise not to be confused with the Poetics of Aristotle. ABLAUT: Jacob Grimm's term for the way in which Old English strong verbs formed their preterites by a vowel change. An example would be the principal parts of Old English strong verbs such as ABOLITIONIST LITERATURE: Literature, poetry, pamphlets, or propaganda written in the nineteenth century for the express purpose of condemning slaveholders, encouraging the release and emancipation of slaves, or abolishing slavery altogether.
This literature might take the form of autobiographical writings (in the case of many slave narratives) or fictional accounts such as Stowe's .
The term has also been loosely applied to fantastic creatures that have modified limbs as well.
For instance, the gyascutis is a fantastic medieval beast that resembles a sheep, except its limbs vary in length.
Acrostics may have first been used as a mnemonic device to aid with oral transmission.