In the countable sense, a verse
is formally a single metrical line
in a poetic composition
. However, verse has come to represent any division or grouping of words in a poetic composition, with groupings traditionally having been referred to as stanzas
In the uncountable (mass noun
) sense verse
refers to "poetry
" as contrasted to prose
Where the common unit of verse is based on meter
, the common unit of prose is purely grammatical, such as a sentence or paragraph.
In the second sense verse
is also used pejoratively
in contrast to poetry
to suggest work that is too pedestrian or too incompetent to be classed as poetry.
Types of verse
Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, 'till one greater Man
(from Paradise Lost
is usually defined as having no fixed meter and no end rhyme. Although free verse may include end rhyme, it commonly does not.
Whirl up, sea—
Whirl your pointed pines,
Splash your great pines
On our rocks,
Hurl your green over us,
Cover us with your pools of fir.
- ^ Wiktionary, "verse" (accessed 20 November 2020).
- ^ "Verse", "Types-Of-Poetry", Screen 1
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