by George Dance

A verse paragraph is a "group of verse lines forming a subdivision of a poem , the length of this unit being determined by the development of the sense rather than by a formal stanza pattern."[1]

Like stanzas, verse paragraphs are normally separated by blank lines; but unlike division into stanzas, which depends on considerations of meter and rhyme scheme, division into verse paragraphs is done according to sytactical considerations. Verse paragraphs are often used in blank verse narratives, for instance, to indicate change of subject or passage of time.

"The subdivisions of verse free verse are necessarily non‐stanzaic and are therefore also usually called verse paragraphs."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Verse paragraph ," Oxford Dictionary of Libertary Terms,, Web, July 7, 2011.

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