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alliterate to form or compose (speech or verse) using alliteration. [1/2 definitions]
blank verse unrhymed verse, usu. in iambic pentameter.
caesura a break or hesitation in a line of verse, usu. necessitated by the sense of the words.
distich two successive lines of verse, usu. forming a self-contained statement; couplet.
doggerel of verse, trivial or mundane in thought, or crude in form. [2 definitions]
greeting card a card that is imprinted with a design or picture and often a verse, sent on a holiday or special occasion to a friend, relative, or the like.
haiku a Japanese verse form of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively, or any poem written in this form.
hemistich half or nearly half of a line of verse or poetry, esp. when a caesura divides the line. [2 definitions]
heptameter a line or unit of verse consisting of seven metrical feet or measures.
heroic verse any verse form traditionally used for epic or dramatic poetry, such as iambic pentameter for English poetry.
iamb in metric verse, a foot of two syllables in which the first is short and the second long, or the first unstressed and the second stressed.
imagism a literary movement of the early twentieth century, esp. among English and American poets, that emphasized the use of precise images, free verse, and everyday speech.
jingle a light, catchy, and bouncy song or poem, esp. a piece of rhyming verse set to music for advertising or the like. [1/5 definitions]
Kaddish the five-verse form of this prayer recited by mourners following the death of a close relative. [1/2 definitions]
masque a work of dramatic verse composed specifically for such entertainment. [1/3 definitions]
metric2 rhythmic according to a pattern, as in verse; metrical.
pentameter a line of verse consisting of five metrical feet. [2 definitions]
poem a piece of writing, often in rhythmic verse and sometimes rhyming, that is characterized by vivid, compressed language and strong emotional force. [1/2 definitions]
quatrain a group of four lines of verse, esp. one in which every other line rhymes.
refrain2 a phrase or verse repeated at regular intervals in a poem or song, esp. at the end of each stanza. [1/2 definitions]
responsory a responsive verse or set of verses spoken or sung in a church service.