concrete poetry

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concrete poetry

n.
Poetry that visually conveys the poet's meaning through the graphic arrangement of letters, words, or symbols on the page.

concrete poetry

n
(Poetry) poetry in which the visual form of the poem is used to convey meaning

con′crete po′etry


n.
poetry in which effects are created by the spatial arrangement of words in patterns and shapes in print.
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The multicultural tradition of visual poetry is summarized by poet Edward Hirsch in his essay "Winged Type," which alludes to historical pattern poems and cites the most famous example, Apollinaire's calligrammatic "Il Pleut" ("It's raining") from 1918.
Some of Herbert's poems, such as "The Altar" and "Easter Wings," are notable pattern poems, the lines forming the shape of the subject.
The kind of calligraphy in which the angle of writing is varied is said to have no equivalent in poetry, but the pattern poems do precisely and literally this (early examples are found in the 9th century in Ibn Dawud's Zahra).

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