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COMBINATIONS OF VERSES.
Verses are combined to form poems either in con­tinuous unbroken runs, extending in some instances to thousands of lines, or in detached groups of a varying number of lines, which are called stanzas.* The former consist of verses of the same metre, generally of iambic pentameter, without division or metrical complexity, and in this amorphous form, as it may be termed, all the great poems of our own and other tongues are embodied. The latter includes all our lyric poetry, and nearly all other minor poetic forms.
i.—CONTINUOUS VERSE.
In continuous verse are the heroic measures of Chaucer, Dryden, Pope, Goldsmith, Keats, &c, and the noble blank verse of Milton, Shakspere, Addison, Cowper, Wordsworth, and Tennyson. All the great masters of song have clothed their lofty imaginings and philosophy in this form, since it allowed them the widest freedom of rhythmic roll, and harassed them with the fewest verbal diffi-
* A verse is a succession of feet forming one line of a poem ; a stanxa a group of verses constituting a regular division of a poem,






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