This post from Qwiklit shares a number of poets playing with words and space. I love the mix of words, imagery and tempo. I most enjoyed Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro”, perhaps because of my recent train journey. I keep going back to the rhythm of the train that Pound created with those few words and spaces.
By May Huang
Poets employ various means to get their message across in their poems, ranging from rhyme scheme to alliteration. However, poetic meaning can also be translated visually through a form termed “concrete poetry;” indeed, numerous poets experiment with line breaks and typography to present their work in a way that ‘looks’ the way it is supposed to ‘mean.’ Here are 10 poems whose meanings lie in their appearances:
1) George Herbert – Easter Wings
Published in 1633, George Herbert’s Easter Wings is the oldest concrete poem in this list. A poem about flight in its metaphorical sense, Easter Wings aptly takes the form of a pair of wings (the likeness is even more remarkable if you rotate the poem 90 degrees to the right).
2) 40-Love by Roger McGough
The English poet Roger McGough sends readers’ eyes travelling to and fro the way a tennis ball would across…
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