Josh Dzieza on countries where verse still has power—and the Pete Seeger of Egypt.
The first verse of the Scroll of Lament which is read on the Ninth begins: O, how she [i.e. Jerusalem] sits alone.
“When Jake first played it for me acoustically, I thought he was making a mistake on the timing of the verse,” Rubin tells me.
The peaceful handing over of power every four (or eight) years is a miracle that really ought to be celebrated in verse.
He is a social conservative who begins every chapter in his book with a Bible verse.
After every verse his mother would exclaim, "Who would have ever thought it!"
She had completed the verse with the hint of a sneer in her tones.
Mary wept and Martha moaned, Mary's gone to a world unknown—second verse or stanza.
It was an express order for two hundred francs, in payment of a bit of verse.
Young students particularly should be especially careful in the final syllable of the verse.
c.1050, "line or section of a psalm or canticle," later "line of poetry" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French and Old French vers, from Latin versus "verse, line of writing," from PIE root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). The metaphor is of plowing, of "turning" from one line to another (vertere = "to turn") as a plowman does.
Verse was invented as an aid to memory. Later it was preserved to increase pleasure by the spectacle of difficulty overcome. That it should still survive in dramatic art is a vestige of barbarism. [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]Old English had fers, an early West Germanic borrowing directly from Latin. Meaning "metrical composition" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "part of a modern pop song" (as distinguished from the chorus) is attested from 1927. The English New Testament first was divided fully into verses in the Geneva version (1550s).
A kind of language made intentionally different from ordinary speech or prose. It usually employs devices such as meter and rhyme, though not always. Free verse, for example, has neither meter nor rhyme. Verse is usually considered a broader category than poetry, with the latter being reserved to mean verse that is serious and genuinely artistic.
(also diarrhea of the mouth) Logorrhea; uncontrollable loquaciousness: You've got verbal diarrhea (1940s+)