A calligram is a set of words arranged in such a way that it forms a thematically related image. It can be a poem, a phrase, a portion of scripture, or a single word; the visual arrangement can rely on certain use of the typeface, calligraphy or handwriting, for instance along non-parallel and curved text lines, or in shaped paragraphs. The image created by the words illustrates the text by expressing visually what it says, or something closely associated; it can also, on purpose, show something contradictory with the text or otherwise be misleading, or can contribute additional thoughts and meanings to the text.
Calligram of a tiger in Arabic script
Calligram of a snake in Georgian script
Calligram about the Eiffel Tower by Guillaume Apollinaire
Biggest calligram in the world, part of the permanent exhibition of the Valencian Museum of Ethnology.
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