- 1Writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme: a lament in verse [as modifier]: verse dramaMore example sentences
poetry, versification, metrical composition, rhythmical composition, rhyme, rhyming, balladry, doggerel; poems, lyrics, rhymes• literary poesy, Parnassuspoem, piece of poetry, lyric, sonnet, ode, limerick, rhyme, composition, metrical composition, piece of doggerel; ditty, song, jingle, lay, ballad• rare tenson, verselet
- Both he and Frost advocated the use of natural diction, and of colloquial speech rhythms in metrical verse.
- The only way to write poetry is to begin by writing verse.
- Among the pioneers of free verse, D. H. Lawrence stands out as one who, though gifted in metrical verse, is happier without meter.
- 1.1 [count noun] A group of lines that form a unit in a poem or song; a stanza: the second verseMore example sentences
- They laugh and joke and make up verses to songs and poems and chants about women and body parts.
- Ritson also published several popular collections and anthologies of songs, children's verses, fairy stories, etc.
- They both process thrilling ur-poetry: entangled, limitlessly complicated prose poems and verses.
- 1.2 [count noun] Each of the short numbered divisions of a chapter in the Bible or other scripture: we were each required to recite a Bible verse from memory on the walls were framed verses from the KoranMore example sentences
- These moments draw on and return to a practice entrenched in evangelicalism: the use of Bible memory verses.
- We have many different such divisions ranging from what would be long verses to chapter style divisions.
- In a short work like this we cannot examine all the verses in the Bible which refer to the devil and Satan.
- 1.3 [count noun] A versicle.More example sentences
- The children memorize verses and are asked questions about doctrine.
- He was quoting, and more specifically he was quoting the first verse of the twenty-second psalm.
- Both paintings illustrate the power of God's creative energy so forcefully evoked in the opening verses of Psalm 8.
- 1.4 [count noun] • archaic A line of poetry.More example sentences
- Semantic Poetry doesn't arrange verses into bunches of flowers.
- The sisters smiled at the poetry and added a verse onto it.
- 1.5 [count noun] A passage in an anthem for a soloist or a small group of voices.More example sentences
- Oh, and there's a huge, meat-grinder chorus between the minstrel verses.
- I quoted from the second verse of our national anthem.
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- Speak in or compose verse; versify: he began to verse extemporaneously in her ear [with object]: thou sat all day, playing on pipes and versing loveMore example sentences
- He maintains, ‘it is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet.’
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- The unconsidered trifles of this genre and verselets written after 1927 were put together four years after his death in Sphulinga.
- Each separate verselet, or sentence, is therefore seen as one bullet item in this paragraph on God-Israel relationships.
- My grandmother read me verselets in Polish (when I was a child) but I don't know the language, understand only some words.
Old English fers, from Latin versus 'a turn of the plough, a furrow, a line of writing', from vertere 'to turn'; reinforced in Middle English by Old French vers, from Latin versus.