Create a Shape Poem

Poetry Assignment # 5 of 5: Create a Shape Poem

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.

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Shape and Concrete Poetry go hand-in-hand; however, Concrete or Visual Poetry don't have to take on the particular shape of the poem's subject, but rather the wording in the poem can enhance the effect of the words such as in this line:

an angel tumbling
d
  o
    w
       n
          to earth . . .

Designing your own shape poem can be simple and fun, but try not to pick anything that would be too difficult. We suggest mapping out or drawing your shape first, and then importing the text of your poem into your shape.

from Shadow Poetry.com

Directions:

  1. Write a poem about anything.
  2. Re-arrange your poem to resemble the shape of the thing you wrote about.
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