Echo verse is a form of poetry in which repetition of the end of a line or stanza imitates an echo. This device was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries in France, England, and Italy, particularly in pastoral poetry and drama. Tonight we shall delve deeper into this magnificent form. Consider the following example:
Collection of Thoughts
Life is made of several moments;
Of choices and paths which we have chosen.
Though life at times does not seem fair;
Leave the shade to step into the glare.
A laugh does chime in a sea of sadness;
Tugs at the heart like a piece of magnet.
Thoughts stride into the mind and heart;
Is love in actual – unification of parts.
The question remains to lead or follow;
Truth is sometimes hard to swallow.
We live our life like there’s no tomorrow;
Refuse to wander in the fields of sorrow.
The beauty of this form is that its inventive. We can experiment and use the form in several different ways. The poem above revolves around a person’s thoughts, what we feel and what we think varies on so many levels. I personally love this form and have used it several times. Following is another example of this poem:
Eyes as cold as freezing ice;
The piteous men who paid the price.
She haunted with allure and charm;
Aghast they stood in strange alarm.
Encompassed in velvet black;
Who shall now lead – afar from track
Penetrating – cold predator’s eyes
Upon life that fades, flickers and dies.
She stole a kiss – blood stained lips
Above tonight a lunar eclipse.
At last the dead awake – arise
Terror wears a thin disguise.
Note that we have created an eerie feeling whereas in the previous poem the case was the exact opposite. Hope these examples proved to be of some help. Have fun writing!