Verse (poetry)


Verse (poetry)

A verse is generally considered to be a single line in a metrical composition, e.g. poetry. However, the use of "verse" has come to represent any division or grouping of words in such a composition, which traditionally had been referred to as a stanza. The words "verse" and "poetry" are sometimes used synonymously, though verse usually indicates the use of rhythm and meter, with the exception of the free verse form.


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  • Poetry London — is a London based literary periodical. As Poetry London: A Bi Monthly of Modern Verse and Criticism it was founded by Tambimuttu and the first issue was dated January/February 1939. In a new form the magazine is still in print. Contents 1… …   Wikipedia

  • Poetry for Poetry's Sake — Poetry for Poetry’s Sake was an inaugural lecture given at Oxford University by the English literary scholar Andrew Cecil Bradley on June 5, 1901 and published the same year by Oxford at the Clarendon Press. The topic of the speech is the role of …   Wikipedia


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