Verse (poetry)

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A verse is formally a single metrical line in a poetic composition. However, verse has come to represent any division or grouping of words in a poetic composition, with groupings traditionally having been referred to as stanzas. Moreover, verse has also been a traditional application in drama, which is therefore known as dramatic poetry, verse drama, or dramatic verse.

The word "verse" is commonly, though incorrectly, used in lieu of "poetry" to distinguish it from prose. Where the common unit of verse is based on meter or rhyme, the common unit of prose is purely grammatical, such as a sentence or paragraph.[1] Prose poems and free verse, though poetry, are not verse, because they exhibit no regular patterns of rhythm.[clarification needed]

Types of verse[edit]

Blank Verse

Unrhymed iambic pentameter.

Free verse[edit]

Free verse is usually defined as having no fixed meter and no end rhyme. Although free verse may include end rhyme, it commonly does not.

    Whirl up, sea—
    Whirl your pointed pines,
    Splash your great pines,
    On our rocks,
    Hurl your green over us,
    Cover us with your pools of fir.


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