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Definition of 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

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

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
Thomas Hardy

Sometimes I'll have sections that I'm not quite sure how they fit in the puzzle of a tune, they'll get moved around; what I think was originally a verse ends up becoming the chorus, or what's an intro gets dropped as a hook, things get shifted around a lot.

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Don Marquis

What I do say is that I can write verse, and that the writing of verse in strict form is the best possible training for writing good prose.
Philip Pullman
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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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