Introduction: How to Write Concrete Poetry
This is my first instructable, so if it's bad, please tell me nicely. Concrete Poetry is the words of a poem going around something they describe, or they form it. Thought that may sound like a new idea, the Greeks were using it back in 2nd century B.C.E. The writing of concrete poetry has gotten harder because of computers, because you can't tilt the screen and start writing that way.
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Step 1: Choose an Idea
Before you start, you need to think of an idea. Brainstorm a bunch of ideas that mean something to you. Below is an example of a brainstorm of ideas. I chose to use cake for this example.
The reason I chose cake is I own a game called Portal, from the Orange Box, and the evil computer gets you to go through the levels, promising you cake, but there isn't any. (For those of you who read the first version, my mom thought saying my poetry came from a game would sound stupid, so she made me make something up.)
Step 2: Decide the Path the Words Will Take
Now that you've chosen what to write about, it's time to think about where to write. It should be a path around the image, or it should form the shape of the thing you are describing.
Step 3: Poem Time!
Now is the time to write the poem! Yay! This is the poem I will put around the lie. Cake.
Cake is good.
Cake is nice,
especially the -ing of ice.
Cakes come in all shapes and sizes,
so many colors and flavors.
Cake is the food of the god(s),
So delicious and moist,
Unless, of course,
The cake is
Step 4: Combination!
Now the time to combine is at hand! Draw on paper, or use a Paint program, it doesn't matter how it's done, as long as it IS.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Yay! Now you have your very own concrete poem. Remember all the hard work put into it and be proud. Show it to your friends. Make copies. Post it on the internet. Have a copyright put on it. Someone will break it and you'll win money! Isn't poetry fun?
IT IS A LIE!!!