Echo Verse: Poetic Forms

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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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He kind of likes repeating himself at the end of lines (lines). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

34 thoughts on “Echo Verse: Poetic Forms

  1. AvatarStephanie Rey

    weathered hands held in mine
    those hands that look like mine
    how i laugh like you
    and think like you
    the way you would dream big
    as if there were no dream too big
    as if I could take on the world
    or just sit and hold my world
    in these hands of mine

  2. AvatarStephanie Rey

    Daily walk at sunset; set
    brilliant shades of orange and blue; you
    can’t take your eyes away; way
    too bright to look straight; eight
    minutes to descend; end
    of the day escape.

  3. AvatarWalter J Wojtanik

    ECHOS OF SUNLIGHT

    Sunlight finds me,
    Reminds me
    How it seeks everything,
    Peeks every spring
    and bathes my face,
    This space.
    Her warmth caresses me,
    it blesses me
    with her bright love
    All from above.
    Sunlight finds me,
    It Binds me
    For all that I’m worth
    To this earth.

  4. Avatarcandy

    A Slow Day

    It was the kind of day to go
    Slow

    Drink a cup of tea
    See

    What might be in the garden
    Then

    Maybe read a book
    Cook

    Something up to eat
    Meet

    My friends for book club
    Rub

    Some lotion on my face
    Place

    Myself in bed, count sheep
    Sleep

  5. AvatarSara McNulty

    The Privileged

    So, college is only for the rich. Rich
    bitches know money buys everything. Everything
    including people who feel entitled. Titled
    royalty–imagine the benefits. Benefits of
    health coverage keeps families at ease. Ease
    enough, but working two jobs to get by. Bye-
    bye to earning your place.

  6. Avatarseamuscorleone

    Sisyphus

    How heavy my days can be: be
    Here, be there, be everywhere! Where
    Do I go to get away from the day? A
    Man like Sisyphus; us,
    Pushing through our years, ears
    Listening for any sign of a god, odd,
    He never answers. So we go on, on,
    Boats against the current, rent
    Coming due, do
    I have any money in my account, count
    It up and give it away. Away
    From the grind is where I want to be; be
    Rich or poor, don’t worry: we all in the end, end.

  7. AvatarWalter J Wojtanik

    IN THE HEADACHE CLINIC, by Walter J Wojtanik

    It’s all inside my head
    they said,
    They may be correct.
    Who’d expect
    headache issues to last
    well past
    a year’s duration.
    No elation
    comes from this condition,
    my suspicions
    rise to a new low.
    I know
    all things take time,
    but I’m
    at my wits end.
    Send
    these pains away,
    say
    I’m cured.
    It’s absurd
    to live in this cloud
    for crying out loud.

  8. Avatartaylor graham

    ECHOES UNDER THE RIM

    Dark wind coming from the cloud
    loud!
    lightning – count the seconds – thunder
    under
    heavens pressing from on-high
    I
    hurry down the trail,
    hail
    like ball-bearings under boot –
    boot
    on loose rock unsteady
    steady!
    May I make it out of here.
    Hear
    what the heavens speak:
    peak
    and canyon come alive
    live.

  9. AvatarPressOn

    UNCHARITABLE THOUGHTS

    There’s no satisfying some folk; some folk
    are nothing but headaches, headaches
    that throb, throb
    throughout your nights. Praise days
    when some folk aren’t seen; mean
    though that may seem, you’ll know no
    headaches when some folk are far, far
    away, away
    in the nirvana where some folk croak.

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