Nonsense verses

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nonsense verses lines made by taking any words which occur, but especially certain words which it is desired to recollect, and arranging them without reference to anything but the measure, so that the rhythm of the lines may aid in recalling the remembrance of the words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nonsense verses verses perfect in form but without any connected sense, being merely exercises in metre, &c.: verses intentionally absurd, like that of the Jabberwock in Through the Looking-glass
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Usage

In literature:

Another style of verses comes under the head of pure nonsense rhymes.
"The Chinese Boy and Girl" by Isaac Taylor Headland
This is strikingly seen in nonsense verses spoken with a heavy accent within the verse.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
It was as pure nonsense as those verses.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
Some of Rumple's verses are quite nice, although, of course, others are pure nonsense.
"The Adventurous Seven" by Bessie Marchant
But nonsense verse is not confined to this one form.
"Rhymes and Meters" by Horatio Winslow
Many of them never heard a Mother Goose jingle or a nonsense verse, and a book is an unlearned delight.
"The Library and Society" by Various
Then came the Nonsense Verses, and the Stories, and the Songs, and the Machine Poetry, and all the fun.
"A Flight in Spring" by J. Harris Knowles
It seems unwise to put in a list of poems to be learned by heart an example of nonsense verse.
"Literature for Children" by Orton Lowe
You see, I cannot get on without writing, as boys do at school, a few nonsense verses.
"Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends" by John Keats
We sang all four of the verses from that immortal nonsense.
"At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
A few years ago there were some nonsense verses on this subject going the rounds of the English newspapers.
"The Teacher" by George Herbert Palmer
Nonsense verses for to-morrow's festival; there seemed to be no end to them.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
The choral verses are often mere nonsense.
"Spanish Highways and Byways" by Katharine Lee Bates
Many rhymes that originated in these nonsense verses have found their way into nursery collections.
"Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes" by Lina Eckenstein
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In poetry:

Some nonsense verses underneath the bough,
A little "booze", a time to loaf, and thou--
Beside me howling in the wilderness,
Would be enough for one day anyhow.
"The Rubaiyat Of A Kentuckian" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

He then dropped a hysterical (and slightly nonsensical) verse playing on Cain's name.
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