These are poems which, as the name suggests, are written in a shape which represents the subject of the poem. You may sometimes hear them referred to as concrete poems (which is more appropriate to geometrical shapes eg a pyramid or square), or patterned poems , which (are poems written in a particular format and creating a particular shape.) However, a ‘shape poem’ can be any shape that the writer chooses. If you need a more detailed explanation and would like some ideas and tips on writing these yourself, use the TEACHERS’ PAGE, DIFFERENT POETRY FORMS, SHAPE POEMS for more teaching. Alternatively, look at my example shape poems which are listed below.
This shape poem is just a bit of fun, inspired by a true story of when I achieved a very odd ambition…. [click to continue…]