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1A verse or poem having a political theme. In later use also as a mass noun: political or socially engaged poetry.
2Prosody. A form of metre used in secular (as opposed to ecclesiastical) Byzantine Greek poetry; poetry written in this metre.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Oldmixon (d. 1742), historian and political pamphleteer. From political + verse.
political verse/pəˌlɪtɪkl ˈvəːs/
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