The following poem by Thomas Lux is an example of a style known as pantoum, where the lines are repeated and the pantoum is written in quatrains (the second and fourth line of each stanza become the first and third of the next. Therefore, “the principle is one of repetition and of echo”.
All The Slaves
All the slaves within me are tired or nearly dead. They won't work for money, not for a slice of bread. Tired or nearly dead, half underwater, wanting merely a slice of bread: the inner slaves, singing, Half underwater, wanting only a few flippers to swim, the inner slaves, singing the depth-charges within. Only a few flippers to swim! And a sensor to sense the sound of the depth-charges within- that's all they ask for aloud. A sensor to sense the sound, a hearer to hear the small aurals: that's all they ask for aloud. They're slaves with slaves' morals. Hearers hearing small aurals they won't work for money. They're slaves with slaves' morals, all these slaves within me.