concrete poetry

concrete poetry

noun
poetry in which effects are created by the physical arrangement of words in patterns or forms rather than by the use of traditional language structure.

Origin:
1955–60, Americanism; probably as translation of Portuguese poesia concreta or German konkrete Dichtung

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concrete poetry
 
n
poetry in which the visual form of the poem is used to convey meaning

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concrete poetry
1958, from terms coined independently in mid-1950s in Brazil (poesia concreta) and Germany (die konkrete Dichtung). Related: Concrete poem (1958).
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concrete poetry

poetry in which the poet's intent is conveyed by graphic patterns of letters, words, or symbols rather than by the meaning of words in conventional arrangement. The writer of concrete poetry uses typeface and other typographical elements in such a way that chosen units-letter fragments, punctuation marks, graphemes (letters), morphemes (any meaningful linguistic unit), syllables, or words (usually used in a graphic rather than denotative sense)-and graphic spaces form an evocative picture

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