from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of making verses; riming.


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  • He was catapulted into fame, a phenomenon — the verse-making shoemaker and farmer's boy — in demand in the drawing rooms and salons of the rich.

    Introduction: Tim Fulford

  • For the non-scholar, Hay's group biography of the Shelleys, Byron and their circle is complete bliss: a feat of concision and clear thinking that will remind you why, all those years ago, when you were young and foolish, you were so thrilled by these writers, by their unruly credos and marvellous verse-making, by their frilled shirts and luxuriant hair.

    Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives by Daisy Hay

  • The Liverpool poets emerged from the culture created by the beat generation in the United States but while McGough gladly embraced the freedoms proposed by Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Corso and others, both in verse-making and in everyday life, he was the beat you could take home to meet mum.

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  • Then she began to walk, swaying from side to side with gracefullest gait, whilst Hubub who excelled in verse-making, recited in her honour these couplets,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Priestley got it about right: "His essential poetry, as distinct from his uninspired verse-making, can be reduced to a very small volume, containing ecstatic moments of communion expressed in lines unlike those of any other poet, apparently simple in language and structure but curiously haunting, necromantic, as if brought from some depth of ancient incantation."

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  • The regret that I felt for this, while I lingered alone to dream for a little by myself, made me suffer so acutely that, in order not to feel it, my mind of its own accord, by a sort of inhibition in the instant of pain, ceased entirely to think of verse-making, of fiction, of the poetic future on which my want of talent precluded me from counting.

    Swann's Way

  • Particularly in its last few stanzas, Clare's Don Juan inverts the assumption that "poets are born" and mocks the Haroldian faith that "Poets and Poesy are aspirations/Of minds superior to the common lot" (LP 125), reducing verse-making to sheer materiality:


  • As the art of verse-making was less developed in Italy than in France before the second half of the thirteenth century, the Paduan group of pre-humanists, Albertino


  • The cor - onation of poets — which began at Padua with the honoring of Albertino Mussato in 1314 and is best known from Petrarch's coronation by the Roman Sen - ate in 1341 — was little more than an academic degree granted less for pieces of original poetry than for ver - satility in verse-making, composition, and inter - pretation of ancient poetical works (Kristeller).


  • It consisted mainly of the study of poetics and verse-making and of the interpretation and imitation of ancient poets.



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