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Concrete Poetry: The Shaping of a Poem. A concrete poem is one who’s shape matches the content of the poem. It is also called shaped poetry or shaped.

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2 Concrete Poetry: The Shaping of a Poem.

3 A concrete poem is one who’s shape matches the content of the poem. It is also called shaped poetry or shaped verse. How do you create a concrete poem?

4 Here are the steps to create your own concrete poem. 1. Choose a text for your poem. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! I chose: Jane Taylor 1806.

5 2. Choose a shape to represent your poem. I chose a music note because this is a children’s song.

6 How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. T w i n k l e T w i n k l e T w i n k l e T w i n k l e Twinkle Twinkle Jane Taylor 1806 Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Jane Taylor Twinkle, little star, Twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Here’s how it all comes together! 3. Arrange the text to make the picture you want it to represent.

7 This style works with or without the star graphic I see tonight, "Star light, star bright," By Anonymous Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this wish I wish tonight. Source: The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes (2000) Star light, star bright, First star I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this wish I wish tonight. by Anonymous "Star light, star bright," Here are some more examples.

8 Trees by Joyce Kilmer I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.

9 Now it is your turn. Choose your favorite poem and experiment with different shapes. The result are all up to you!

10 References Dictionary.com (2014) Retrieved from: Clipart from Microsoft Office clipart library Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star lyrics retrieved from: 3.htm 3.htm Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star audio retrieved from:

11 References Star Light, Star Bright retrieved from: Kilmer, J. Trees (1913) Retrieved from:


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