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Concrete Definition

A concrete poem, also called pattern or shape poetry, has a visual appearance that matches the subject matter of the poem. There is a strong attention to the form of the poem when it comes to concrete poetry in comparison to other poems. When you select the object that will be the focal point of your poetry, you will be able to write a concrete poem.


When writing a concrete poem decide what you want to write about. The shape can be something that will represent your writing well. It could be a star, heart, or an animal shape, etc. Now draw your shape onto a piece of paper with your pencil.As you think about your picture or shape, begin to think about a list of words that describe your picture. Write them down on your paper. Now, as you begin to think about words that describe your picture, think about the poem that you will use with these words to compose your concrete poem. As your poem is developed, you should begin to see a story that is happening right in front of your eyes, about the shape that you have drawn. The Concrete poem is simply a shape that you have imagined and then created a poem around the words that describe your shape. 

A concrete poem is one that takes the shape of the object it describes. This is different from a Shape poem, in that a Shape poem does NOT have to take the shape of the object it describes.

Concrete Poem Example


a very
shape I have
three points and
three lines straight.
Look through my words
and you will see, the shape
that I am meant to be. I'm just
not words caught in a tangle. Look
close to see a small triangle. My angles
add to one hundred and eighty degrees, you
learn this at school with your abc's. Practice your
maths and you will see, some other fine examples of me.

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Other Concrete Definition

[n] a strong hard building material composed of sand and gravel and cement and water
[adj] capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary; "concrete objects such as trees"
[adj] formed by the coalescence of particles
[v] form into a solid mass; coalesce
[v] cover with cement; "concrete the walls"



Misc. Definitions

\Con"crete\ (? or ?), a. [L. concretus, p. p. of concrescere to grow together; con- + crescere to grow; cf. F. concret. See {Crescent}.]
1. United in growth; hence, formed by coalition of separate particles into one mass; united in a solid form. The first concrete state, or consistent surface, of the chaos must be of the same figure as the last liquid state. --Bp. Burnet.
2. (Logic) (a) Standing for an object as it exists in nature, invested with all its qualities, as distinguished from standing for an attribute of an object; -- opposed to {abstract}. Hence: (b) Applied to a specific object; special; particular; -- opposed to {general}. See {Abstract},
3. Concrete is opposed to abstract. The names of individuals are concrete, those of classes abstract. --J. S. Mill. Concrete terms, while they express the quality, do also express, or imply, or refer to, some subject to which it belongs. --I. Watts. {Concrete number}, a number associated with, or applied to, a particular object, as three men, five days, etc., as distinguished from an abstract number, or one used without reference to a particular object. {Concrete quantity}, a physical object or a collection of such objects. --Davies & Peck. {Concrete science}, a physical science, one having as its subject of knowledge concrete things instead of abstract laws. {Concrete sound or movement of the voice}, one which slides continuously up or down, as distinguished from a {discrete} movement, in which the voice leaps at once from one line of pitch to another. --Rush.
\Con"crete\, n.
1. A compound or mass formed by concretion, spontaneous union, or coalescence of separate particles of matter in one body. To divide all concretes, minerals and others, into the same number of distinct substances. --Boyle.
2. A mixture of gravel, pebbles, or broken stone with cement or with tar, etc., used for sidewalks, roadways, foundations, etc., and esp. for submarine structures.
3. (Logic) A term designating both a quality and the subject in which it exists; a concrete term. The concretes ``father'' and ``son'' have, or might have, the abstracts ``paternity'' and ``filiety''. --J. S. Mill.
4. (Sugar Making) Sugar boiled down from cane juice to a solid mass.
\Con*crete"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Concreted}; p. pr & vb. n. {Concreting}.] To unite or coalesce, as separate particles, into a mass or solid body. Note: Applied to some substances, it is equivalent to indurate; as, metallic matter concretes into a hard body; applied to others, it is equivalent to congeal, thicken, inspissate, coagulate, as in the concretion of blood. ``The blood of some who died of the plague could not be made to concrete.'' --Arbuthnot.
\Con*crete"\, v. t.
1. To form into a mass, as by the cohesion or coalescence of separate particles. There are in our inferior world divers bodies that are concreted out of others. --Sir M. Hale.
2. To cover with, or form of, concrete, as a pavement.

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