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Light Verse Definition

Light Verse poetry, also called light verse, is poetry that attempts to be humorous. Poems considered "light" are usually brief, and can be on a frivolous or serious subject, and often feature wordplay, including puns, adventurous rhyme and heavy alliteration.


A light poetry poem is a type of poem that expresses humor and frivolity. While there have been many debates over whether or not the light poetry genre should be made official, it certainly has its place as one of the many types of creative poetic structures in the English vernacular.

The light poetry type was invented in Europe, mostly by Englishmen. Light poems are often short, adventurous, and pun-filled poems that express a forward or satirical type of humor. While attempts at writing light poetry might be casual, the type of humor often has a deeper, more serious meaning.

Light poems are meant to serve two purposes: To delight an audience, and to make them ponder. Even the most philosophical poets like Horace and Auden have created light poetry poems to inspire readers.

This type of poetry often does not require any rigid form of construction or rules. They can be presented in the form of limericks, rhymes, double dactyls, or nonsense writings. 

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