Graphic Poetry

In graphic poetry, the words of the poem form a shape–or even a kind of picture–showing what the poem is about. It can also be as easy as illustrating a poem you write or making your words have a visual expression. The arrangement of the words is important because it can visually convey the meaning/mood of the poem.


You will write an original poem of your choice, you may use a poem written in a current or previous English class. After writing the poem you will graphically illustrate the poem using Illustrator or Photoshop. Make sure your finished product visually conveys the meaning/mood of your poem.

Graphic Poetry PowerPoint



  • Create 2 graphic/concrete poems
  • Graphically illustrate your poems with imagery that conveys the meaning/mood of the poem
  • Write an original poem and use original imagery
  • Document size = 11 x 14 or 14 x 11
  • Resolution = 300 if using Photoshop
  • Use correct spelling


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Types of Poetry

Click here for a detailed list of poems with examples.

1) Acrostic Poetry:

Write a word vertically down the page such as this:






Here, I am referring to the Impressionist artist Claude Monet. Then, using the letter to begin each line, write words or phrases that describe, analyze, interpret or evaluate the subject at hand. To continue the example:

Moments captured

On canvas,

Nuances of color and light

Envelope this

Timeless scene.

2) Cinquain Poetry:

The most basic form of cinquain poetry has five lines, with each line having a set amount of words with specific descriptive goals. The basic structure is as follows:

Line One = a single word (the subject at hand, a noun)
Line Two = two words (two adjectives that describe the subject)
Line Three = three words (three verbs that describe the subject)
Line Four = four words (a short phrase summarizing feelings about the subject)
Line Five = a single word (a synonym for, or a word that symbolizes the subject)


Loud, Childish

Annoys, Angered, Confused

He is always G.T.Ling


3) Haiku Poetry

Haiku, like cinquain and acrostic poetry is not intended to rhyme. In haiku the verses are separated into three lines. A Haiku should be image and sensory rich, conveying a mental landscape for the reader to ponder, in very few words. Haiku poetry often has a reference to the season, or at the very least, nature in general.

The format is as follows:
first line, 5 syllables
second line, 7 syllables
third line, 5 syllables

ART it rhymes with fart

But does it smell like a fart?

Only when silent.

4) Concrete Poetry

A concrete poem is one that takes the shape of the object it describes. It is a form of free verse where the writer is less concerned with counting syllables and lines. Here, the goal is to have the poem create a specific, visual shape.

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