Concrete Poem


A concrete poem is written in the shape of its subject. As form is the highest consideration here sometimes the poems consist of single words describing their subject rather than complete lines. 

Concrete poems shouldn't be confused with calligrams where individual words take on a shape that reveals their meaning. 

The first example of a concrete poem in print is The Mouse's Tail from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland:


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