Concrete Poetry

Concrete Poetry
Concrete Poem Rubric located at the bottom of the page!

A concrete poem is one that takes the shape of the object it describes

  • Choose an object in the room in which you’re writing. It may be a picture, a vase, the television set, or a computer. This can be the topic of your poem. Consider the object.
  • Brainstorm a list of words and phrases that describe the object, and anything else that comes to mind when considering the object you’ve selected as the subject of the poem. 
  • List any special significance, events, or elements of the object. Does the object remind you of someone or perhaps special time in your life? A vase of flowers, for example, may remind you of your grandmother’s garden or your mother’s prized roses. List any associations that come to mind.
  • Now take a blank sheet of paper. Sketch an outline or image of the object.
  • Begin fitting the words and verses into the outline you’ve sketched. They shouldn’t feel contrived, but rather flow as poetry.
  • When your poem says what you wish it to say, you may wish to go back and erase the sketch so that the words themselves stand out on the paper in their new visual form.