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Definition of Verse

Verse

  1. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see Foot, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules.
  2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed in metrical form; versification; poetry.
  3. A short division of any composition.
  4. A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses.
  5. One of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and New Testaments.
  6. A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.
  7. A piece of poetry.
  8. To tell in verse, or poetry.
  9. To make verses; to versify.

Verse Quotations

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
Robert Frost

The rudiment of verse may, possibly, be found in the spondee.
Edgar Allan Poe

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
Anna Quindlen

I've read some of your modern free verse and wonder who set it free.
John Barrymore

No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.
Horace
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Verse Translations

verse in Afrikaans is vers
verse in Dutch is strofe, couplet
verse in German is Vers, Vers, Strophe
verse in Latin is poema poematis, versus
verse in Portuguese is verso
verse in Spanish is verso
verse in Swedish is vers, strof

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