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Echo Verse: Poetic Forms

Learn how to write echo verse, a repetitive form, including guidelines for the form and a couple examples.

Last week's form (treochair) had some wild rhymes. This week's form is a little more straight forward. Bring on echo verse!

Echo Verse Poems

Unlike many of the poetic forms we examine on this blog, echo verse has a pretty simple rule: Repeat the end syllable(s) of each line. No other rules.

There are two ways to do this: Repeat the ending syllable(s) at the end of the same line (as in my example below); or repeat the ending syllable(s) on its own line directly beneath each line. I'll include a variant example below.

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Here’s my attempt at Echo Verse:

something to talk about, by Robert Lee Brewer

Is there anything to know? No!
Or a person to betray? A
man is doomed by other men; men
find solace in nothing; nothing
leads to what no one can know. No,
I'd rather find something something.

Here’s my variant attempt at Echo Verse:

something to talk about, by Robert Lee Brewer

Is there anything to know?
No!

Or a person to betray?
A

man is doomed by other men;
men

find solace in nothing;
nothing

leads to what no one can know.
No,

I'd rather find something
something.

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