2019 Poetry Form Challenge

#24 Echo Sonnet




This is a relatively new form devised by the well respected English Poet, Jeff Green. It takes its shape from three envelope quatrains and a couplet, the last line of each stanza is a refrain that links the quatrains and gives us a rhyme scheme of;

A. b. b. A1. a. c. c. A1. a. d. d. A1. A. A1


The Echo Sonnet is based on French repeating forms, but unlike those forms which are normally syllabic, the preferred rhyme scheme is Iambic pentameter, or similar, and being a sonnet it should be presented as a 14 line poem. Here is a lovely example of that form.

Waking Dreams

When ev'ry waking moment dreams of you,
the simple words that are my heart's refrain,
echo while dancing through the pouring rain
these crazy things you make me want to do.
The girl who brings my world to life, it's true,
my mind when lost to senses of desire,
when you , my love, have set my heart on fire,
with crazy things you make me want to do.
As shadows change to a more vibrant hue,
a world in colours of fantastic light,
and you, the girl, who caught my heart's eye sight,

with crazy things you make me want to do.
When ev'ry waking moment dreams of you,
and crazy things you make me want to do.

Jem Farmer

I am assured that the creator insisted on pentameter meter. The choice of capitalisation at the beginning of each line is purely your decision, but the creators of the sonnet insist on a 14 line form presentation, otherwise it will be merely a 4 stanza variety of forms.



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