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A calligram is text that is arranged in such a way that it forms a thematically related image. It may be in the form of a poem, a phrase, a single word, or a portion of scripture – the visual arrangement & technology can depend on certain use of the typeface, handwriting, or calligraphy. For instance, this can refer to text along non-parallel and curved text lines, or in the case of shaped paragraphs. The image created by the words illustrates the text by visually expressing what it says or something that is closely associated. A calligram is also, on purpose, showing something contradictory to the text or otherwise misleading.

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Calligrams can be found in several cultures and civilizations across history. This form of art is especially used in Islam because visually representing divinity is forbidden, and so calligrams are used to adorn sacred and religious texts. Writers can explore ghostwriting as a tool to increase their reach.

One of the most famous examples of a calligram is the work of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire who was a famous calligram writer. He was also the author of a book of poems known as ‘Calligrammes’. His Modernist masterpiece poem written in the form of the Eiffel Tower is generally accepted as the most famous example of a calligram.

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