Sidelight: Before the term lampoon was coined, it was called invective and dates back as far as the origin of poetry itself. It now appears primarily in prose, however, except for its occasional use in epigrams.(See also Burlesque, Parody, Pasquinade)
(See also Tragedy)
Sidelight: Since internal rhyme is the most significant feature of Leonine verse, the two terms are often used synonymously.
Sidelight: the final line of Lear's limericks usually was a repetition of the first line, but modern limericks generally use the final line for clever witticisms.
Sidelight: As shown by these examples, limericks, while unsuitable for serious verse, lend themselves well to humor and word-play. Their content also frequently tends toward the ribald and off-color.
Sidelight: The line is fundamental to the perception of poetry, since it is an important factor in the distinction between prose and verse.
Sidelight: In metrical verse, line lengths are usually determined by genre or convention, as well as by meter. But otherwise, and especially in free verse, a poet can give emphasis to a word or phrase by isolating it in a short line.
Sidelight: In recitation aloud (performance), the line-end is a signal for a slight, non-metrical pause.
Sidelight: The traditional practice of capitalizing the initial line-letters contributes to the visual perception of the line as a unit; this practice is often not observed in modern free verse.(See also Stich)
Sidelight: Lyric is derived from the Greek word for lyre and originally referred to poetry sung to musical accompaniment.
Sidelight: A lyric sequence is a group of poems, mostly lyric verse, that interact as a structural whole, differing from a long poem by the inclusion of unlike forms and diverse areas of focus.(See Canzone, Ghazal, Melic Verse, Romance, Society Verse)