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Spanish Verse

The Endecha is a " The Canción triste que encierra un lamento", ("sad song that locks up a moan"), a 16th century Spanish dirge or song of sorrow.

The elements of the Endecha are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
  2. syllabic, written with 7-7-7-11 syllables per line.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme xaxa xbxb etc., x being unrhymed. The rhyme is often consonance only but true rhyme may be used.

    Cold Forever --Judi Van Gorder

    It tears at my heaving breast
    and rips out my grieving heart,
    pain of losing him denies
    all memories, leaving me lost and apart.

    Precious promises ended,
    our never and our always
    lie cold inside his casket.
    I'm left behind to mourn my nights and my days.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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