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Verse Definition

A verse is a type of poem with a single line of poetry. It can have different meanings. A verse poem may contain a stanza, which is a line in a poem with a recurring pattern. It can contain a meter which is a syllable pattern within a poem. It can also contain metrical writing which is a pattern of beats within the line of the poem. A verse poem can come in two different forms, free verse or blank verse. A free verse poem does not have a set meter, the contents flow freely to the author's design. A blank verse poem has no rhyming theme, but it does involve an iambic pentameter which is a meter of ten syllables such as the plays written by William Shakespeare. A verse is often the identifying factor of poetry and is the more recognizable form. Verse poems are also sometimes identified as stanza poems, while not being incorrect it is not entirely accurate for a stanza is contained within a verse. 

Verse is a single metrical line of poetry, or poetry in general (as opposed to prose which uses grammatical units like sentences and paragraphs). "Verse" is also used as a general term for metrical composition. Not all verse is poetry and sacred books such as the Holy Bible are divided into small verses.

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[n] a piece of poetry
[n] a line of metrical text
[n] literature in metrical form

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\Verse\, n. [OE. vers, AS. fers, L. versus a line in writing, and, in poetry, a verse, from vertere, versum, to turn, to turn round; akin to E. worth to become: cf. F. vers. See {Worth} to become, and cf. {Advertise}, {Averse}, {Controversy}, {Convert}, {Divers}, {Invert}, {Obverse}, {Prose}, {Suzerain}, {Vortex}.]
1. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see {Foot}, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules. Note: Verses are of various kinds, as hexameter, pentameter, tetrameter, etc., according to the number of feet in each. A verse of twelve syllables is called an Alexandrine. Two or more verses form a stanza or strophe.
2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed in metrical form; versification; poetry. Such prompt eloquence Flowed from their lips in prose or numerous verse. --Milton. Virtue was taught in verse. --Prior. Verse embalms virtue. --Donne.
3. A short division of any composition. Specifically: (a) A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses. Note: Although this use of verse is common, it is objectionable, because not always distinguishable from the stricter use in the sense of a line. (b) (Script.) One of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and New Testaments. Note: The author of the division of the Old Testament into verses is not ascertained. The New Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephens [or Estienne], a French printer. This arrangement appeared for the first time in an edition printed at Geneva, in 155
1. (c) (Mus.) A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.
4. A piece of poetry. ``This verse be thine.'' --Pope. {Blank verse}, poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes. {Heroic verse}. See under {Heroic}.
\Verse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Versed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Versing}.] To tell in verse, or poetry. [Obs.] Playing on pipes of corn and versing love. --Shak.
\Verse\, v. i. To make verses; to versify. [Obs.] It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet. --Sir P. Sidney.

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