What do you think a concrete poem is? What shapes or patterns do you think are used to create a concrete poem?
A concrete poem is a type of poem where the words are arranged into a shape that’s related to the poem’s theme. The words are arranged in a way that forces readers to look at the poem differently. These poems can be a fun way to explore language and creativity!
What is a Concrete Poem?
A concrete poem is a type of poem where the words are arranged in a shape that corresponds to the subject of the poem The shapes created in a concrete poem can be abstract or representational In a concrete poem, the words and phrases used can be literal or symbolic, allowing for creative expression
The first concrete poem was written in the 15th century by a German monk. In a concrete poem, the words are arranged to form a shape related to its subject matter. Concrete poems are sometimes referred to as shape poems or visual poems.
What themes or topics do you think are best suited to create a concrete poem? Why?
How did you feel when you read the concrete poem? How did the shapes and patterns make you feel?
Your turn: Create a concrete poem that follows our prompt "home is where the heart is" Clues: • A concrete poem is a poem where the words are arranged to create a picture. • Your poem could be about an adventure, a funny experience, or something else! • The words in your poem should be arranged to create a picture of the story you are telling. !
Draw a pizza with animals as toppings (e.g. a slice with cows, another with pigs and so on)
What is a concrete poem?
- A poem that uses the shape of its subject
- A poem written on concrete
- A poem about construction
- A poem that's hard to understand
What are some other names for a concrete poem?
- Shape poems or visual poems
- Rhyming poems or free verse poetry
- Limericks or sonnets
Which famous poet wrote 'The Mouse's Tale', a concrete poem featured in Alice in Wonderland?
- Lewis Carroll
- William Shakespeare
- Sylvia Plath
What kind of shapes can be used in creating a concrete poem?
- Any shape, object, or image can be used.
- Only geometric shapes can be used.
- Only letters and numbers can be used.
Do all the words in a concrete poem have to relate to the theme of the shape?
- Yes, all words should relate to the theme.
- No, only some words need to relate.
- It doesn't matter.
Work together in pairs: What is one way that a concrete poem can be used to express feelings?