vers de société

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A term applied to a form of light verse dealing with events in polite society, usually in a satiric or playful tone, sometimes conversational, sometimes employing intricate forms such as the villanelle or the rondeau. English writers noted for their vers de société include Prior, Goldsmith, Praed, Calverley, Dobson, and Locker‐Lampson.

Subjects: Literature.

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