by George J. Dance


"Easter Wings", by George Herbert (1593-1633)

Pattern poetry is the name for an Ancient Greek form of concrete poetry , in which the poem was written in the shape of an object (such as wings, a pipe, an egg, or an altar). [1]

In Ancient GreeceEdit

Pattern poems were "composed in the 'bucolic' tradition ... and with complimentary theme. The few surviving examples of the genre date mainly from the Hellenistic era (C3rd to 2nd BC) and are preserved in a section of the Greek Anthology of texts."[1]

In EnglishEdit

An example of a pattern poem in English is George Herbert's "Easter Wings" (see above).

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Pattern Poems ," Classical E-Text,, Web, July 19, 2011.

External linksEdit

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