|George Herbert's "Easter Wings",|
printed in 1633 on two facing pages (one stanza per page),
sideways, so that the lines would call to mind
birds flying up with outstretched wings.
I came across a poetry form called "Christ in a Rhyme", which was invented by Christina R. Jussaume. The poem consists of 5 three-line stanzas, and makes use of monorhyme. The end result takes on the shape of a cross.
Stanza 1: 3 lines, 8 syllables per line, Rhyme (a a a)
Stanza 2: 3 lines, 14 syllables per line, Rhyme (b b b)
Stanza 3: 3 lines, 7 syllables per line, Rhyme (c c c)
Stanzas 4 & 5: 3 lines, 5 syllables per line, Rhyme (d d d, e e e)
For more information and an example visit Shadow Poetry.
There are many examples of shape poetry available online and a simple search will give you many ideas and ways to approach the challenge. If you are not religious, or Christian, you are welcome to choose a more secular shape for your poem.
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Peace and Goodwill to all Men (and Women)!