Definition of political verse in English:

political verse

Pronunciation /pəˌlɪtɪkl ˈvəːs/


  • 1A verse or poem having a political theme. In later use also as a mass noun: political or socially engaged poetry.

  • 2Prosody
    A form of metre used in secular (as opposed to ecclesiastical) Byzantine Greek poetry; poetry written in this metre.

    The usual form in Byzantine Greek oral and ballad poetry, political verse has fifteen-syllable lines, usually consisting of two cola of 8 and 7 syllables with a caesura after the eighth syllable, each colon having one main accent.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Oldmixon (d. 1742), historian and political pamphleteer. From political + verse.