Concrete Poetry

In Tysdal’s presentation (TEDx Talks 2015), he discusses three tools for writing poetry:

Tool 1 is Imagery, and it is one of the core powers of poetry. Using language to tap into the sensory experience of others can stimulate the senses, but should first stimulate the senses of the poet. A poet could not hope to exact an emotional response from a reader if they did not feel the image drawn with their words, first (TEDx Talks 2015).

Tool 2 is Comparison. Drawing comparisons within a simile, ensure a poet first asks themselves why or how (TEDx Talks 2015). When making a direct comparison to something, it becomes a metaphor.

For example, I could say, ‘Her eyes were as deep as the blue/green depths of a vast ocean,’ but it only briefly mentions eyes, although the metaphor used to draw the image tells the reader so much more about them.

Tysdal also said, ‘just write and let your imagination move freely’ (TEDx Talks 2015). It is a simple statement. However, it speaks volumes. Some refer to this as, ‘let the muse take you’ (TEDx Talks 2015). Whether a poet believes in some mystical muse who will only inspire when she is ready, or complain about writer’s block, Tysdal’s observation removes the need for excuses.

Tool 3 ismusic alliteration, assonance. Build or destroy it. Imagery, metaphor, and music should sing from every word (TEDx Talks 2015).

My concrete poem uses a ‘space-time structure instead of mere linear-temporistical development’ (de Campos, Pignatari & de Campos, 1958). It does this by the intertwining of imagination. By adopting, ‘the phenomenon of metacommunication’ (de Campos, Pignatari & de Campos, 1958). The Tree of Chaos becomes a ‘communication of forms of structure-content’ (de Campos, Pignatari & de Campos, 1958). Its meaning is a ‘layered narrative’ (Poetry Foundation 2018) using imagery and metaphor to explore meaning.

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