The fill-in poem is a type of literary amusement popular in the late eighteenth century. Note that the fourth line in each quatrain does not rhyme with the second line, but if you substitute the appropriate word for each parenthesized word or phrase, it will rhyme and scan. Place the answers under each other, and you will have created an acrostic whose first and last letters reading downward generate the name of a famous soccer player.
Palumbo, Thomas J.
Word Ways: Vol. 17
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol17/iss1/11