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An Echo Sonnet: Starry Starry Night
Karin Anderson, AU
|The Echo Sonnet
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.
I am assured that the creator insisted on pentameter meter. The choice of capitalization 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.
~The Poets Garret: Tir Na nOg Poetry Community
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