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Upon Verse: Q&A

Updated: May 13, 2021

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Q. Verse, what is it?

A. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines verse as writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme.

Q. What is a poem then?

A. Sticking with the OED definition, a poem is a piece of writing in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by particular attention to diction (sometimes involving rhyme), rhythm, and imagery.

Q. What is the difference between poem and verse?

A. Verse, on many an occasion is used synonymously with poem, but verse could also mean a single unit within a poem, play, song or any writing, or verse could even mean a stanza within a poem or a song. Further, verse could also be the numbered parts of a holy text. And a poem on the other hand is always only a complete work, made up of verses.

Q. Are there types of verse?

A. Yes, there are.

Q. What are the types of verse?

A. This cannot easily be determined because there are quite many types, and verse types vary from language to language. And, we at 'O' are drawn to such challenges. Therefore, in an effort to work out and define all the verse types there are known to us, we have a new subsection in the Little but Fierce section called One Verse Every Week.

Q. What is a rhyme?

A. When words are similar sounding in a text, typically at the end of lines, they rhyme. There is a correspondence of sound between words. For example, verse rhymes with curse, terse, worse, purse and so on. These are classic features of verse and/or poems.


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