by Jennifer Morris, T.O. Smith

This activity is designed to reinforce what students already know about concrete poetry and to start them on a path toward writing their own concrete poem.


What is a concrete poem?
A concrete poem is a poem that takes the shape of an object the poem is about.  For example, if the poem is about an apple, the poem will look like an apple since the words of the poem will be arranged in the shape of an apple.

The first concrete poem appeared around 300BC in ancient Greece.
Typographical concrete poems appeared around the 1600s. Here is a famous example by George Herbert, 1633.


Concrete poetry is not only fun to look at, it is fun to create! Before we begin writing a poem, we will first explore figurative language.