Light verse is a term used to describe a form of poetic expression that is characterized by its brevity, simplicity, and its focus on imagery. It is a type of writing that uses fewer words to convey a greater meaning, often with a humorous tone.
Light-verse is typically written in short stanzas and often follows a simple rhyme scheme. It is usually composed of a few lines. Each line contains a single image or thought that is meant to be read quickly and easily. The focus of light-verse is on the imagery and the overall feeling that the poem conveys.
It is more accessible to a wider audience due to its brevity. It can be a great way to express oneself in a concise form.
Example Light Verse by Ogden Nash:
A Caution to Everybody
Consider the auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
Consider man, who may well become extinct
Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.
A Word to Husbands
To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.