Poetry - verse

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Verse is sometimes used as a synonym for poetry. There is a difference between them, although in everyday speech many people do not distinguish between them. For students of English Literature, it may be helpful to treat

  • verse as a technical term for the sorts of patterns that poetry takes
  • poetry as more an aesthetic term, the name for a particular art form, and the communication it makes of emotion, ideas, morality or aesthetics.
Students of Literature, on the other hand, may find themselves embroiled in a theoretical dispute about these terms.

There is an entire category in AWE relating to the techniques of verse: see category:prosody. There is also a page clarifying a related distinction between poetry and prose.