A poem — especially one that rhymes — is called verse. The children's author Dr. Seuss wrote in verse, and the regular rhymes of "The Cat in the Hat" helped generations of children learn to read.

In music, a verse is a section of a song that's often followed by a chorus. Many people can sing the chorus to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," but few realize there are also verses, including one that starts, "Katie Casey was baseball mad." Verse comes from the Latin word versus, which means a line of writing and is based on the Proto-Indo-European root wer, meaning to turn or bend.

Definitions of verse
  1. noun
    literature in metrical form
    synonyms: poesy, poetry
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    a body of poetry that conveys the traditions of a society by treating some epic theme
    epic poetry, heroic poetry
    poetry celebrating the deeds of some hero
    type of:
    genre, literary genre, writing style
    a style of expressing yourself in writing
  2. noun
    a piece of poetry
    synonyms: rhyme
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    a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person
    doggerel, doggerel verse, jingle
    a comic verse of irregular measure
    a humorous verse form of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme aabba
    type of:
    poem, verse form
    a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
  3. noun
    a group of lines that form one section of a song or poem
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    type of:
    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  4. noun
    a line of metrical text
    synonyms: verse line
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    a verse line consisting of iambs
    Adonic, Adonic line
    a verse line with a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee; supposedly used in laments by Adonis
    a verse line having four metrical feet
    a verse line having five metrical feet
    a verse line having six metrical feet
    a verse line having eight metrical feet
    a verse line having eight syllables or a poem of octosyllabic lines
    a verse line having ten syllables
    type of:
    text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
  5. noun
    one of short subdivisions of a chapter in the Bible
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    type of:
    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  6. verb
    compose verses or put into verse
    synonyms: poetise, poetize, versify
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    compose in poetic meter
    spondaise, spondaize
    make spondaic
    elegise, elegize
    compose an elegy
    compose a sonnet
    type of:
    compose, indite, pen, write
    produce a literary work
  7. verb
    familiarize through thorough study or experience
    “She versed herself in Roman archeology”
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    acquaint, familiarise, familiarize
    make familiar or conversant with
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