light verse

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The general term for various kinds of verse that have no serious purpose and no solemnity of tone. They may deal with trivial subjects, or bring a light-hearted attitude to more serious ones. Light verse is often characterized by a display of technical accomplishment in the handling of difficult rhymes, metres, and stanza forms. The many forms of light verse include Anacreontics, clerihews, epigrams, jingles, limericks, mock epics, nonsense verse, parodies, and vers de société.

Subjects: Literature.

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