Ripple Echo

Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercizes for use in workshops or classrooms are included. Some of these invented forms I have found in use in internet poetry communities, a testament to their staying power. On this page I include the metric invented forms found there in which appear to be exclusive to the community of educators from whom Ms. Berg drew her support. I have yet to find these in any other source. …. Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.

• The Ripple Echo is an invented stanzaic form that “begins and ends its stanzas with rhyming ripple and echo couplets”. I am not quite what that means but it sounds fun. What I am sure of is, L2 and L8 of each octave are anapestic mono meter rhyming with the previous line. This form was introduced by L. Ensley Hutton.

The Ripple Echo is:
○ stanzaic, written in any number of octaves, made up of 4 rhymed couplets.
○ metric, L1,L3,L4,L5,L6,L7 are catalectic trochaic tetrameter, L2 & L8 are anapestic monometer.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme aabbccdd.
○ L2 & L8 are indented.

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example


Self-actualization (Ripple Echo)

You have made it to the top.
       Now don’t stop.
Much more magic lives in you
more remains for you to do.
You have won, not just by might.
Actually, you’ve done things right.
Standing tall, you’re now allowed
        to be proud.

© Lawrencealot – September 21, 2014

Picture Credit” Google Images, “Congratulations”

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Ripple Echo