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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

Versicle: a kind of free verse (q.v.) with longish endstopped lines frequently structured by repetition and variation of grammatical patterns, a form modelled rather loosely on Biblical parallelismus. Walt Whitman’s verse generally takes the form of versicles, as in these lines from “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”:

Others will enter the gates of the ferry, and cross from shore to shore;
Others will watch the run of the flood-tide;
Others will see the shipping of Manhattan north and west, and the heights of Brooklyn to the south and east;
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Groves, Peter Lewis. "Versicle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2008
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