Spencer Rossouw April 11, 2014

  • Concrete is poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme, and so on. It is sometimes known to as visual poetry, a term that has evolved to have distinct meaning of its own, but which shares the distinction of being poetry in which the visual aspects  are as important as the text itself. The term used for this poems seems  modern but the idea of using letter in certain arrangements to enhance the meaning of a poem is an old one. It is believed that this style of poetry found its origin  in Greek Alexandria during the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC.  People being creative,  designed the patterns as decoration for religious art-works, including wing-, axe- and altar-shaped poems to enhance their believes. Another precursor to concrete poetry is Micrography, a technique for creating visual images by Hebrew-speaking artists who create pictures using tiny arrangements of Biblical texts organized usually on paper in images which illustrate the text used.
  • It is a long tail, certainly, ...but why do you call it sad?" And she kept on puzzling about it while the Mouse was speaking, so that her idea of the tale was something like this:—