What is a Mesostic? A Mesostic is similar to an acrostic, but the spine word (or words) run down the middle of the page rather than down the left side. The letters of the spine phrase are capitalized. The choice of words also follows certain rules: the next capitalized letter can’t appear between it and the next word, or sometimes both the capitalized letter and the next capitalized letter can’t appear.
Here is a short article on Mesostics:
Mesostic poems can thus be generated using an initial text (Oracle) and a spine word, most likely using a Mesostic generator program. Here’s a link to one:
and here’s some information about the project at the University of Pennsylvania that produced the program:
Here is an interesting piece by Marjorie Perloff about John Cage’s Mesostics:
The following was generated from “Charge of the Light Brigade” source using the poem’s title as the oracle:
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