Hampton Roads Writers
-Shape Poetry is also associated with Concrete Poetry-
Shape is one of the main things that separate prose and poetry. Poetry can take on many formats, but one of the most inventive forms is for the poem to take on the shape of its subject. Therefore, if the subject of your poem were of a flower, then the poem would be shaped like a flower. If it were of a fish, then the poem would take on the shape of a fish. ><<<*>
Shape and Concrete Poetry go hand-in-hand; however, Concrete or Visual Poetry donít have to take on the particular shape of the poemís subject, but rather the wording in the poem can enhance the effect of the words such as in this line:
an angel tumbling
to earth . . .
Designing your own shape poem can be simple and fun, but try not to pick anything that would be too difficult. I suggest that you map out or draw your shape first, and then import the text of your poem into your shape.
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