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Transcript of Concrete Poetry
important? Concrete Poetry What is concrete poetry? The History of Concrete Poetry The Benefits of Concrete Poetry Why use concrete Poetry? There's a man in a hat
Staring you in the face
He's quite a curious cat
And stands in this place
Look a little closer now as this is it's rim
Can you eye him yet
He's a silhouette
A chin to get
Small shoulders as well, very small
Arms I'm afraid to say he's not at all tall
What about the chest see the big picture
I took great care in setting up this mixture
Of body parts disguised for you to enjoy
And find like the belly you have to espy
Hand on the right opposite his left hand
Above jeans a favourite brand
This is the crotch now and
My words I must watch
Down here near the knee
At this stage don't you see
That his body's nearly now complete
I'm for real you see as these are the feet "...poetry in which the poet's intent is conveyed by the graphic patterns of letters, words, or symbols rather than by the conventional arrangement of words" - Merriam Webster's Dictionary Visual Poetry Forms a picture that helps transmit the theme of the poem Appeals to reader both through content and through visual aspect "Anagram" from the 1633 edition of George Herbert's The Temple. How to Write Concrete Poetry The picture must relate to the theme of the poem 1. Brainstorm about a theme that you would like to write a poem about
2. Think of a picture or image that relates directly to your poem
3. Sketch a simple image
4. Write the poem so that it forms the desired shape or image Now, let's try it Things to keep in mind: The visual aspect should be applied in order to enhance the message of the poem It allows for greater expression Appeals to reader through different aspects Started in the 1950's
Adaptation of "concrete painting"
Originally known as the Pattern Poem or Shape Poem
A minor European school of the 1940's.
In such poems, the arrangement of words and phrases on the page indicated the poem's meaning What was "concrete painting"? How it began George Herbert
EE Cummings Most known poets: If the form of the poem is removes, the poem is weakened, or destroyed Combination of lexical and pictorial elements. Gives the experience of art that is achieved by viewers of art or hearers of music. Visual aspect provides a cohesion that allows the poem to ignore standard syntax, and logical sequencing. The white space of the page can be a significant part of the poem. The arrangement of letters and words creates an image that offers the meaning visually.
how has it changed? Modern Concrete Poetry gives more important to the meaning in accordanve visual aspect Features of Concrete Poetry: