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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Light Verse, Vers de Societe, Gentle Verse, Occasional Verse or Social Verse are all names for any poetry written with spontaneity and humor. Wit, rhythm and rhyme are standard components but the form and structure of the poem are at the poet's discretion. Often the poems are very short but not always. Austin Dobson, master of light verse, suggests: Never be vulgar. Avoid slang and puns. Avoid inversions. Be sparing of long words. Be colloquial but not commonplace. Choose the lightest and brightest of measures. Le