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concrete poetry

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noun
  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.
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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

noun
  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

n.

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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