Your Guide to Concrete Poems

By Yaseen Shaikh

Historical Information

  • What: A form of poetry that uses arrangements of words to convey the message of the poem
  • When: Started to gain popularity during the 1940s/1950s
  • Who: A group of people in Switzerland, Sweden and Brazil
  • Where: It was first used in Switzerland, Sweden and Brazil
  • Famous People who used it: George Herbert, Lewis Carroll, Ezra Pound, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Stephane Mallarmé.

Definition

Concrete poems - are poems focused on a visual element, in addition to the poem itself.

Purpose

Concrete poems convey the poet’s thoughts through a style which isn't confined to normal writing styles and gives a visual to reinforce the poet’s message.

How does one write this form of poetry?

  1. Choose a topic (i.e birds)

  2. Make a poem without the form or visual first

  3. Now you can make it visually appealing in text editors like Word. Alternatively, you can use MS Paint to make one.

Rules

  • The poem must resemble what it is talking about (i.e. if a poem was talking about time, it could resemble a clock or watch).
  • That’s it!
  • Now it is like free-verse. It doesn't have to rhyme, or have a certain about of syllables or have a certain rhyme scheme.
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