Guide to Literary Terms

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Verse

Verse - a line of metrical writing, a stanza, or poetry in general. It also means the method by which one metrical line turns into a new line. In addition, the term refers to one of the short sections into which a chapter of the Bible is divided.

The term comes from the Latin versus, meaning a “furrow,” “a row,” “a line,” “a metric line,” or literally “turning,” which was derived from vertere, meaning “to turn.”