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1Writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme.‘a lament in verse’[as modifier] ‘verse drama’
poetry, versification, metrical composition, rhythmical composition, rhyme, rhyming, balladry, doggerelpoem, piece of poetry, lyric, sonnet, ode, limerick, rhyme, composition, metrical composition, piece of doggerelView synonyms
- ‘The second verse is composed in your head between the second and third stations of your trip.’
- ‘For a comprehensive list of German hexameter verse, see Bennett 180-93.’
- ‘Johnson never claims, when writing Latin verse, to be writing formal verse imitation.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The caricature was accompanied by doggerel verse which used Mr Tolley's name and extolled the virtues of the chocolate.’
- ‘Haiku originated as a simple verse form used to entertain the Japanese upper class.’
- ‘The language is mostly the quaint island patois - not the stuff of verse drama.’
- ‘Robert Frost once classed poetry that way, free verse against formal verse.’
- ‘The upsurge of early printed verse translations makes public a large and rapidly distributed body of foreign-born poetry.’
- ‘All Gunn's early verse rhymed - he was the most Appollonian of the 50s poets.’
- ‘Both he and Frost advocated the use of natural diction, and of colloquial speech rhythms in metrical verse.’
- ‘But I don't want to suggest that Martin writes merely a serviceable blank verse.’
- ‘I remember reading the following verse in one of my workbooks at primary school and having to memorize it.’
- ‘Johnson uses all of these devices in writing his Latin verse imitations.’
- ‘Her stories, told in nonsense verse, are fast-paced with a rhythm that carries through its pages.’
- ‘Think about taking away the net and writing some blank verse with some metaphors in it.’
- ‘Should rhymed verse be translated in English rhyme?’
- ‘She wrote well and often corresponded with friends in doggerel verse.’
- ‘They began writing in iambic pentameter, or in some other " respectable " verse form.’
- 1.1 A group of lines that form a unit in a poem or song; a stanza.‘the second verse’
stanza, strophe, stave, cantoView synonyms
- ‘We sang the first three verses, and then came my part.’
- ‘And they launched into verses upon verses of song.’
- ‘The tale became the subject of songs, pamphlets, verses sold in trains and on the streets, and popular fiction.’
- ‘He sang 34 verses of a song that had been specially written for him.’
- ‘Ritson also published several popular collections and anthologies of songs, children's verses, fairy stories, etc.’
- ‘The way his poetry is structured, the verses and the stanzas have much in common with visual arts.’
- ‘A metro poem has as many verses as your trip has stations, minus one.’
- ‘Sarah listens to her, and then suddenly the two of them sing a verse of the song.’
- ‘They laugh and joke and make up verses to songs and poems and chants about women and body parts.’
- ‘Hurston doesn't quote the third verse of the song, which gives the point of the passage away plainly.’
- ‘The verses of this hymn became the favored marching song of the Union forces during the Civil War.’
- ‘After crooning a couple of verses of that particular song, Charlie heard a loud thump resonate inside the room.’
- ‘Yasin was extremely nice, and answered my questions, oddly enough, with verses of poetry.’
- ‘Today's poem is a verse from Byron's Childe Harold, speaking of pathless places.’
- ‘They both process thrilling ur-poetry: entangled, limitlessly complicated prose poems and verses.’
- ‘Painted all over the parchment that had been plastered to the walls, were verses of poetry.’
- ‘Like most pop music, this song transitions from a relatively calm verse to a more raucous chorus.’
- ‘He also wrote what I think is one of the most romantic verses of poetry ever.’
- ‘He was a copious writer, dashing off verses, very often on the wet surfaces of pub tables.’
- ‘Every language had its stock of lullabies, nursery rhymes, nonsense verses, fairytales and simple stories of light and delight.’
- 1.2 Each of the short numbered divisions of a chapter in the Bible or other scripture.
- ‘Koranic verses were recited, with the phrases passing from group to group.’
- ‘Rachel enjoys memorizing Bible verses and reciting them each week and playing games with her friends.’
- ‘Some 21 calligraphic panels of Quranic verses are also on show.’
- ‘We have many different such divisions ranging from what would be long verses to chapter style divisions.’
- ‘I'll take a scripture verse from the Bible and I'll share it with a guy.’
- ‘Listen quietly in your heart and see if an encouraging phrase, or a Scripture verse, or a specific action starts to impress itself upon you.’
- ‘Although the verse refers to a judge, the rationale applies to anyone in a position of public trust.’
- ‘Also among other tapes one was found in Arabic containing Koranic verses dedicated to teaching.’
- ‘He opened the Bible to John and read the first two verses.’
- ‘We choose to treat some verses of scripture as having more authority than others.’
- ‘A later search uncovered detonators and a tape containing Koranic verses.’
- ‘Is there a single verse of the Scriptures that teaches us Christ came to bring us to Heaven where we no longer can sin?’
- ‘Inside the box, there is some candy and a heart-shaped eraser with a Bible verse attached to it.’
- ‘It recounts, in twelve expansive books, a story line that occupies only a few verses of the book of Genesis.’
- ‘It is the shortest verse in the whole Bible: those two words in the English language - Jesus wept.’
- ‘An evangelical justification for the physical discipline of children goes deeper than a few isolated verses in the Bible, however.’
- ‘In a short work like this we cannot examine all the verses in the Bible which refer to the devil and Satan.’
- ‘These moments draw on and return to a practice entrenched in evangelicalism: the use of Bible memory verses.’
- ‘My eyes scanned the page until I found the third verse of the first chapter.’
- ‘Some verses in the Bible imply that snow is a negative force, while others indicate that snow is a positive one.’
- 1.3 A versicle.
- ‘Both paintings illustrate the power of God's creative energy so forcefully evoked in the opening verses of Psalm 8.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A liturgical chant sung as the refrain to the verses of a psalm.’
- 1.4archaic A line of poetry.
- ‘Semantic Poetry doesn't arrange verses into bunches of flowers.’
- ‘The sisters smiled at the poetry and added a verse onto it.’
- 1.5 A passage in an anthem for a soloist or a small group of voices.
- ‘I quoted from the second verse of our national anthem.’
- ‘Oh, and there's a huge, meat-grinder chorus between the minstrel verses.’
Speak in or compose verse; versify.
- ‘He maintains, ‘it is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet.’’
Old English fers, from Latin versus a turn of the plow, a furrow, a line of writing from vertere to turn; reinforced in Middle English by Old French vers, from Latin versus.
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