Concrete Poetryalso known asShape Poetry
0Concrete Poetry is also known as Shape Poetry.
0This type of poetry expresses meaning through its graphic shape or pattern.
Concrete Poetry0A common source of inspiration for shape poems are
the people and animals that we see around us every day.
Concrete Cat by Dorothi Charles uses the shape of a cat which goes along with the words. Phrases such as "whisker whisker," "dish dish" and "litterbox litterbox" really come to life!
Concrete Poetry0Two methods to create a concrete poem are:0Outline Poems0Drawing Poems
Concrete Poetry0OUTLINE POEMS0A common way to make the picture reflect the subject
of the poem is to fill an outline shape that relates to the topic of the poem
0Here is an example ….about a snowman:
Concrete Poetry0DRAWING POEMS0Another way to make concrete poetry is to use the
lines of words to make the lines of a drawing.
0Please pick up your composition notebook.
0Please take out your homework (concrete poem).
0We will begin immediately after announcements.
Concrete Poetry0 Choose a topic: your favorite animal, food, music, ANYTHING!
0 Write your poem. Simple is best, so stick to between 5-10 lines.
0 Choose a style: outline poem or drawing poem.
0 Lightly in pencil write your poem into the shape.
0 Decide if you need to make your writing bigger or smaller in certain parts of the drawing, then erase your first draft and write out the poem again. You can keep doing this until you are happy.
0 Finally, erase the outline of your shape, so that it is just the words
from your poem left creating the image! Now go over the words in pen, colored pencil, or marker.
Concrete Poetry0Other examples: