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concrete poetry

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  1. 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 of concrete poetry

1955–60, Americanism; probably as translation of Portuguese poesia concreta or German konkrete Dichtung
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British Dictionary definitions for concrete poetry

concrete poetry

  1. poetry in which the visual form of the poem is used to convey meaning
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Word Origin and History for 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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