the words at the end of two lines rhyme at a time. For example, he used “gold” and “hold”, to
end the first two lines, and he used “day” and “stay” in the last two lines to end his work. This is
consistent throughout his eight-line poem.
His traditional poem is written in a “clean” structure and has a simple appearance. The
lines are aligned and uniformed. When reading Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, the
words flow into a rhythm. There are about 5-7 syllables per line. The rhyming and consistency
in the number of syllables make the rhythm of the poem more effortlessly. The theme (time
effortlessly moving) and structure of traditional works are simple and easier to follow than
Whereas, concrete poetry is barely recognizable because of its form is so unfamiliar.
Thus, making it a little more complex than traditional poetry. There are no rules to follow when
creating a concrete poetry. The structure can be written however you like. It also doesn’t
necessarily have to rhyme. Thus, concrete poetry challenges readers to connect the physical
shape of the poem with the content and theme of the poem together. For example, Cummings’
“one”, notice that majority of the words are broken down into letters onto separate lines. This
forces the readers to think a little harder to construe the meaning. In addition, the lowercase
letters force a soft, yet eloquent effect. Concrete poetry is written in a complex structure to
engage readers and force them to take a step back and explore the possible meanings of the work.