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Where does 'verse originate?

Where does the elision of universe to 'verse originate? I know it from the television show Firefly (aired late 2002) and recently noticed it used casually in The Chronicles of Riddick (released mid-2004), but it seemed unlikely that the screenwriter would appropriate a bit of slang connected to someone else's failed project from barely a year earlier. It seems to me I have heard it again since, but I cannot recall where. I read very little sf these days; did both these I mention draw it from elsewhere?
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

I'm looking for poetry that makes exceptional use of enjambment, both positively and negatively.

I'm looking for poetry that makes exceptional use of enjambment, both positively and negatively. [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Apr 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Hi, I'm anon. Am I a philistine?

Do you honestly enjoy reading free verse? Can you explain to me why I should enjoy it, too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 27 answers

Help me appreciate blank verse by being able to compare the "skills" of different poets.

Help me appreciate poetry (I suppose specifically blank verse by the examples below of what I've read) by teaching me to understand the merits of the poet's constructions! I enjoy literature because of their content, and not so much the aesthetics or specific construction of sentences, words, meter, rhyme, and so forth. For the most part, this has been fine for me because conventionally at least when one comes across poetry, its not in the manner of an epic tale and so I don't feel like I'm missing out on too much. [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Jan 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Music that later makes you go, "Hey yeah, I never noticed that!"

Pop-rock songs with unusual/unique constructions, structures, patterns, tempo changes, time signature changes, instrumental/vocal interplay, etc... Stuff you probably don't realize upon a casual first listen. And not necessarily something obvious like "multiple songs in one" (eg "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"), or songs with no chorus. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jul 24, 2010 - 49 answers

"Serious over my cereal"

QuotationFilter: "Serious over my cereal, I broke one morning my fast, with something-to-read-searching retina ... " [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Apr 25, 2010 - 9 answers

What are the technical and scientific reasons most pop music is structured so there're 3 or 4 verses and a repeated chorus?

What are the technical and scientific reasons most pop music is structured so there're 3 or 4 verses and a repeated chorus? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Mar 7, 2010 - 16 answers

No cheese for Mother's Day

Help me find a non-cheesy short poem/quote/verse to put inside a Mother's Day card. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Bible desert ice?

What's the bible verse that tells how to make ice in the desert? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Apr 28, 2009 - 16 answers

Shiny music, Cap'n!

So, I'm running a Firefly/Serenity roleplaying game and I'm looking for recommendations for some suitable background music... [more inside]
posted by timpollard on Apr 18, 2009 - 22 answers

A lovely person needs a really good tribute.

I'm designing a funeral handout for a young woman who has died suddenly. Help me come up with ideas for a poem or verse or quote or something to include. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller on Aug 3, 2007 - 24 answers

How do I love thee, let me lose this phrase.

Hope me Romeo, you're my only hope. What will you be writing to your sweetie in your Valentine's Day card tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by FreezBoy on Feb 13, 2007 - 31 answers

Who writes your favourite light verse?

Ogden Nash made quite a splash. And somewhat darker, Dottie Parker. Silverstein was near divine, And all revere old Edward Lear. But now I suffer from a curse: My thirst for rhyme has grown perverse! I need a doctor or a nurse; My problem is becoming worse. So lest I end up in a hearse, Please point me t'wards some more light verse!
posted by Robot Johnny on Jul 13, 2006 - 59 answers

Which textual message would you have tattooed on your body?

If you would have to choose a quote, verse, lyric, poem or other textual message to have tattooed on your body, what would it be? In what way is that text significant to you? Which body part would you put it on? Which representation system would you use?
posted by koenie on Jul 24, 2005 - 55 answers

William Blake

EnglishPoetryFilter:

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

How did Blake get away with this rhyme? [MI] [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic on Dec 27, 2004 - 30 answers

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