Positional and palindromic acrostics

Recently I learned about a poetic form called Acrostic in a mathematical journal from 1940 called Eureka.

An acrostic is a poem or other word composition in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each new line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet.

It can also be a type of word puzzle.

Being fond of palindroms, especially numerical ones, I wondered if I could mix the two (acrostics and palindromes) and started thinking up a system for writing a poem in an acrostic way, but where the first letter in each line could be decoded as a positional number in the alphabet. Each number from the lines in the poem would have to end up as a numerical palindrome once concatenated.

A recent conversation I had with an uncle of mine was about the relationship between a the sci-fi-writer Jules Verne and the polymath Fridtjof Nansen. Naturally, if I were to write my very first positional and palindromic acrostic, it had to be about that.

Here it goes:

Sci-fi writer Jules Verne
penned an expedition in 1864

Forward was it called
the boat that left the shore

Breaking news after 29 years
Fridtjof Nansen planned something new

From Norway he left
A polar expedition came true

In stories like this I learn
an explorer called Nansen was inpired by Verne

Ørjan H. H. Vøllestad

Decoding this poem gives a number for each line, where the first letters position in the alphabet ends up like this:

19 Sci-fi writer Jules Verne
16 penned an expedition in 1864

6 Forward was it called
20 the boat that left the shore

2 Breaking news after 29 years
6 Fridtjof Nansen planned something new

6 From Norway he left
1 A polar expedition came true

9 In stories like this I learn
1 an explorer called Nansen was inpired by Verne

Concatenated, this reads 1916620266191 which is a numerical palindrome.

I haven’t checked, but I’m curious if this is the first poem of this kind?

One more thing, when creating a name for this kind of poems, of course the very name itself “Positional and palindromic acrostic” is also positional and palindromic acrostic (P A P A = 16 1 16 1 = 161161).