Versification is when you turn something into a poem: "The versification of this grocery list was a lot harder than I imagined, because nothing rhymes with 'orange.'"

You're most likely to come across the noun versification in an academic setting, like a poetry class. You can use it to mean the adaptation of some other kind of writing into verse, or to talk about the form — meter, rhythm, or language — of a poem. It comes from the Latin word versificationem, and it's closely related to versify, whose root is versificare, "compare verse or turn into verse."

Definitions of versification

n the art or practice of writing verse

Type of:
authorship, composition, penning, writing
the act of creating written works

n a metrical adaptation of something (e.g., of a prose text)

Type of:
adaptation, version
a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form

n the form or metrical composition of a poem

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poetic rhythm, prosody, rhythmic pattern
(prosody) a system of versification
rhyme, rime
correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
beat, cadence, measure, meter, metre
(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
sprung rhythm
a poetic rhythm that imitates the rhythm of speech
internal rhyme
a rhyme between words in the same line
alliteration, beginning rhyme, head rhyme, initial rhyme
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
assonance, vowel rhyme
the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
consonance, consonant rhyme
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
double rhyme
a two-syllable rhyme
eye rhyme
an imperfect rhyme (e.g., `love' and `move')
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an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse

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