Shaping Up Poetry: Concrete Poems
One thing I truly enjoy about poetry is its diversity when it comes to form. This week I’ll be featuring a variety of poem forms. First up is concrete poetry. Take it away Wikipedia:
Concrete poetry or shape poetry is poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme and so on.
It is sometimes referred to as visual poetry, a term that has evolved to have distinct meaning of its own, but which shares the distinction of being poetry in which the visual elements are as important as the text.
Now that the definition is out of the way here are some examples. Enjoy!
My students adore this form due to its playful nature, and I can often coax a poem out of them through shaping the words. I encourage you to experiment or at least to look up more examples.