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English Verse

Anagram is the transposition of one word or phrase to another by rearranging the letters. (Elvis-lives / listen-silent / dormitory-dirty room etc.)This has been a tool of light verse, occasional verse and epigraphs probably as far back as the written word. A poem who's focus is the expansion of the anagram is known by the same name.

The elements of the Anagram are:

  1. a poem written incorporating the transposition of a word, name or phrase into another and expanding upon it.
  2. composed in meter, rhyme and/or length at the discretion of the poet.
  3. often found in light verse, occasional poetry or epigraphs.

    Mary by George Herbert 1633

    How well her name an Army doth present,
    In whom the Lord of Hosts did pitch his tent!

    An Anagram from Frank Gibbard

    To Live Unveiled by John Litzenburg

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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