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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry English Verse Abstract Poetry is the term used for a poetic movement introduced by English poet Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) in her book Façade. "The poems in Façade are abstract poems--that is, they are patterns of sound. They are...virtuoso exercises in technique of extreme difficulty, in the same sense as that in which certain studies by Liszt are studies in transcendental technique in music." (Sitwell, 1949) The movement impacted modern literature more through poets who adapted and modified the concept than through poets who literally clung to its