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Writing Experience:
Writing Concrete Poetry

Concrete poetry is an artistic expression of written language. Concrete poets make designs out of letters and words. Even though the visual pattern (shape) can really catch our eye, it is the language itself that makes a poem poetic.

There are different kinds of concrete poetry. We will try a type of concrete poetry that combines two couplets with a visual image. A couplet has two lines in which each line ends with words that rhyme. Read the two couplets below:

A click, a sputter, a whoosh-- to roar! line 1

A flick, a shudder, a push-- to soar! line 2

The wings held steady; the nose held high; line 3

The plane is ready to touch the sky! line 4

In the first two lines, the words roar and soar rhyme. In the second two lines, the words high and sky rhyme. Lines one and two form the first couplet. Lines three and four form the second couplet. These are then grouped on the page in such a way that it appears the plane is starting its engines, moving down the runway and then lifting up into the sky. See the concrete poem below.

a picture showing a time lapse view of a plane taking off

a poem in the shape ot a timelapse view of a plane taking off

Writing Experience:
Writing Your Own Concrete Poem

  1. Draw a sketch of a simple image that comes to your mind when you think of Yeager's supersonic flight.


  2. Write the first couplet about the early part of his flight. If you want, you can use the pairs of rhyming words listed on the next page.


  3. Write the second couplet about the last part of his flight. If you want, you can use the pairs of rhyming words listed on the next page.


  4. Now combine your two couplets (four lines) and shape it like your sketch.


Writing Experience:
Writing Your Own Concrete Poem


Rhyming Pairs List

light - night cold - hold wing - sing
high - sky dry - fly low - slow
day - way ice - slice navigate - debate
star - far flight - sight awake - make
plane - wane wave - crave slowly - lowly
course - remorse hour - power cloud - loud
ahead - instead ocean - motion roar - more
air - care crazily - lazily sleep - deep
rise - eyes blue - new bright - fight
land - stand near - here dream - stream
hope - scope out - about twilight - by night
turbulence - ebullience buffet - tough it sound - bound

Add some rhyming pairs of your own below:

 
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