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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Liturgical Verse Curse or Imprecation - from Latin imprecat - "to pray", is an utterance of God, an invocation to consign a person or thing to destruction, divine vengeance, misery etc. It is verse written to invoke or call down evil, the opposite of Charm. As a genre of verse it calls for divine assistance against a foe; it is the belief in the negative power of words to bring ill will or harm against an enemy. Obviously it is not very Christian of those early clerics, turning the other cheek and all. But the first Christians of the Western world were