Young Writers, social media
 
Young Writers
Young Writers

Echo Verse Poetry Writing Workshop

Definition

Echo Verse is a poem in which the last syllable or two of a main line is repeated, perhaps with different spelling or meaning, as if an echo.

Explaination

Usually this echo will be indented to a point under or beyond the syllable it mimics and will function as an independent line of one or two syllables.

Sometimes the word 'echo' will precede the repetition, like identifying the speaker in a play. Echo Verse can often serve an ironic purpose, the meaning of the echo conflicting with what the original sound means. For example, 'know' echoed by 'no'. On the other hand an echo poem can be used simply as another kind of rhyme.

Examples

Example of an Echo Verse

The echo is indicated in italics to highlight the echoing word following it - this does not need to be done in your final version.

Oh who will show me those delights on high!
Echo I
Thou Echo, thou art mortal, all men know.
Echo No
Wert thou not born among the trees and leaves?
Echo Leaves
And are there any leaves, that still abide?
Echo Bide
What leaves are they? Impart the matter wholly.
Echo Holy
Are holy leaves the Echo then of blisse?
Echo Yes
Then tell me, what is that supreme delight?
Echo Light
Light to the minde: what shall the will enjoy?
Echo Joy
But are there cares and businesse with the pleasure?
Echo Leisure
Light, joy and leisure; but shall they persever?
Echo Ever

Heaven
By George Herbert (1593-1633)

Your Turn

Finished? Why not submit your poem to Young Writers and we will enter it into one of our competitions.

Alternatively send your poem to:

Young Writers, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9BF or email it to info@youngwriters.co.uk

#FeedbackFriday

Take part in our #FeedbackFriday website survey...

Who are you:


What country are you from?


Did you find what you were looking for on our site today?


Do you have any suggestions on how to improve our website?

If you would like us to contact you regarding your feedback please leave your email address here: