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Verse

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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.


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

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