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light verse

verse that is written to entertain, amuse, or please, often by the subtlety of its form rather than by its literary quality. Unabridged
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  • As a writer of light verse and as a parodist, his agile work has delighted a generation of admirers.
  • Humorous poetry, also dubbed light verse, is often equated with bad poetry.
  • They're suffused with humor, but they're not light verse.
  • Collection of poems that displays technical skill in many forms, including light verse.
  • Other writers of light verse have also found large intergenerational audiences.
Encyclopedia Article for light verse

poetry on trivial or playful themes that is written primarily to amuse and entertain and that often involves the use of nonsense and wordplay. Frequently distinguished by considerable technical competence, wit, sophistication, and elegance, light poetry constitutes a considerable body of verse in all Western languages

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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