It has been a month since I started taking a creative writing class at the British Council. The modules cover various aspects of creative writing that include short stories, flash fiction, and also different forms of poetry.
While I have tried my hand at writing a few poems and Haikus, I don’t consider myself capable of writing poetry, except for a few rhyming lines I may have penned here and there.
Nevertheless, I was quite intrigued by a relatively newer form of poetry I was introduced to, called Visual Poetry.
Literary theorists have identified visual poetry as a development of concrete poetry but with the characteristics of intermedia in which non-representational language and visual elements predominate.
Academic Willard Bohn prefers to categorise the whole gamut of literary and artistic experiment in this area since the late 19th century under the label of Visual Poetry and has done so in a number of books since 1986. From his reductionist point of view, “Visual poetry can be defined as poetry that is meant to be seen – poetry that presupposes a viewer as well as a reader”.
As an optional exercise, we were given a few themes and asked to create a visual poem on any one of them.
The theme I picked was ‘A mountain peak’ and my visual poem looks like this:
(If you can’t read my uneven handwriting, you can read it below:)
Profit and Loss
By Ashima Jain
He runs across the valley
And drops into a gorge,
Struggles to climb some hills,
Wondering how much more.
Then he sees a mountain,
Its peak – the place to be.
If only he can reach that height,
Of his shackles, he’d be free
What do you think of this? Do you see the theme in this graph? Let me know by sharing your feedback 🙂
Any writers reading this – Have you seen or written any visual poetry. I would love to see it. Do share in the comments below.
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