Verse (poetry)

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In the uncountable (mass noun) sense verse refers to "poetry" as contrasted to prose.[1] Where the common unit of verse is based on meter or rhyme, , ."

Types of verse[edit]

Blank verse[edit]

Blank verse is poetry written in regular, metrical, but unrhymed, lines, almost always composed of iambic pentameters.

    Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
    Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
    Brought death into the World, and all our woe,
    With loss of Eden, 'till one greater Man
                                              —John Milton

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.


  1. ^ Wiktionary, "Verse" (accessed 8 August 2014).