Verse

Verse has two meanings in literary discussions, neither of which is the most familiar use outside English departments.

Although "verse" is used in the real world to name a group of lines in a song (as in "Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chorus"), in poetry it means "single line." A group of verses is called a stanza or a verse paragraph. You'll impress English teachers by using the terms precisely.

The other meaning for verse is more general: it's sometimes used of metrical writing of all sorts: in other words, for poetry in general, as distinct from prose.


From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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