Instead of sharing all 147 lines of your favorite poem in class, you might want to read an excerpt, that is, just a part of the verses, so no one dozes off.

Excerpt sounds a lot like "except" with an added "r," and it came into English in the 16th century from a Latin word meaning "plucked out." When the word is used as a verb, excerpt means to take a portion out, usually from a play, book, article, song, or other written work. And the part that is taken out also is called an excerpt, but it is a noun, that is, a thing. An excerpt is something you excerpt, or pluck out, from a larger piece.

Definitions of excerpt
  1. noun
    a passage selected from a larger work
    “he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings”
    synonyms: excerption, extract, selection
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    a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah
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    a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language
    analecta, analects
    a collection of excerpts from a literary work
    clipping, cutting, newspaper clipping, press clipping, press cutting
    an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine
    cut, track
    a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc
    citation, quotation, quote
    a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
    a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
    the representation of another person's words in a speech
    misquotation, misquote
    an incorrect quotation
    type of:
    a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
  2. verb
    take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy
    synonyms: extract, take out
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    type of:
    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
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