Verse form

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Verse forms is the term used by literary scholars to group the different combinations of rhyme-patterns, rhythms, and different line-lengths used by poets to make stanzas, or more generally to shape the overall structure of their verse. Some of these are free-standing - by themselves, they make whole poems, such as the sonnet and limerick. Others are used to make units which are then repeated in a given poem, such as the ballad stanza or ottava rima. (Some scholars use the term stanza forms for these.)

To see detailed descriptions of the various verse forms, click on category:verse forms and then the name of the one you want. (This is a work in progress in AWE, and the category may well not yet be complete.)