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nonsense-verses

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Verses made by taking any words which may occur without reference to forming any connected sense—correct meter, pleasing rhythm, or a grotesque effect being all that is aimed at.

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Examples

  • His skill in versification, sometimes striking enough, was evidently artificial; he overstudied metrical expression and overrated its value so as sometimes to write, what were little better than nonsense-verses, for the rhythm.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 6, August 5, 1850

  • The first of these, originally published in 1846, and brought out in an enlarged form in 1863, is exclusively devoted to nonsense-verses of one type.

    Nonsense Books

  • So say not that ye would have acted with respect to William Wallace one whit better than your fathers -- and you in particular, ye children of Charlie, whom do ye write nonsense-verses about?

    The Romany Rye

  • William Wallace one whit better than your fathers; and you in particular, ye children of Charlie, whom do ye write nonsense-verses about?

    The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'

  • All the Scotch, by-the-by, for a great many years past, have been great admirers of William Wallace, particularly the Charlie o'er the water people, who in their nonsense-verses about Charlie generally contrive to bring in the name of

    The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'

  • 'I agree with you,' said Revel, who recollected the nonsense-verses of

    Sketches

  • After a few minutes of this sacred intercourse, he had produced one of those strings of nonsense-verses which the libretti-makers call, not without reason, monsters, and which they improvise very readily as a ground-work for the composer's inspiration.

    Bohemians of the Latin Quarter

  • Only Schaunard's were no nonsense-verses, but very good sense, expressing with sufficient clearness the inquietude awakened in his mind by the rude arrival of that date, the eighth of

    Bohemians of the Latin Quarter

  • Dale's nonsense-verses were perfect nonsense to Hugh: but his construing was not: and when he went over it aloud, for the purpose of fixing his lesson in his ear, as well as his mind, Hugh was sorry when they arrived at the end, and eager to know what came next, -- particularly if they had to stop in the middle of a story of Ovid's.

    The Crofton Boys

  • I foresee that our Etons and Oxfords with their nonsense-verses, college-logics, and broken crumbs of mere _speech_, -- which is not even

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

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