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Shape Poetry Writing Workshop


A shape poem is a poem that describes an object and is written in the shape of that object. It is sometimes called a concrete poem or calligram too.


You need to decide what you are going to write about. If you like sport you could write about a football or tennis racket. You could use a heart shape to write about something you love. What about nature Ė a butterfly, tree or snowflake, or you could think about something you like, or like doing to help you chose what to write about.

Once you have decided on your object it's now time to begin writing your poem. Jot down any words or ideas. As you need to fit your poem in a shape keep it as short as you can. If you are having trouble, use the 5 senses, touch, feel, sight, sound and taste to describe your object!

Once youíve written your poem itís time to write your poem into your shape. Draw your object's shape and begin fitting your words inside. If you have too many words, shorten your work, too few, add something further. With all shape poems sentences will overlap onto the next line, donít worry,just add a comma or full stop to break sentences. Your poem can also start at the bottom like the example below or from the top, it's up to you!


An Example of Shape Poetry

As hot as the sun
Rushing lava quickly rises
The ground is rumbling, shaking
Red and orange lava threatens to overspill
Suddenly a red fury rises inside him, screaming
The volcano stands isolated and calm, but not for long


Why not add some alliteration, similes or metaphors to your shape poem?

Need inspiration, why not use one of these... balloon, car, raindrop, crescent moon, sun, person or house.

Your Turn

Finished? Why not submit your poem to Young Writers and we will enter it into one of our competitions.

Alternatively send your poem to:

Young Writers, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9BF or email it to