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Verse Novels. Globa l Genres. What is a Verse Novel?. A type of narrative poetry in which a novel-length narrative is told through the medium of poetry rather than prose. . What is the History of the Verse N ovel?.

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Verse novels

Verse Novels

Global Genres


What is a verse novel

What is a Verse Novel?

  • A type of narrative poetry in which a novel-length narrative is told through the medium of poetry rather than prose.


What is the history of the verse n ovel

What is the History of the Verse Novel?

  • Verse narratives are as old as the epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, and the Odyssey, but the verse novel is a distinct

  • How is a verse novel different from Paradise Lost or The Divine Comedy?


What are the characteristics

What are the characteristics?

  • Written in free verse

  • Usually organized in a series of short sections

  • Uses changing perspectives

  • Told with multiple narrators

  • Provides readers with a cinematic view into the inner workings of the characters' minds.


Characteristics continued

Characteristics Continued

There will usually be

  • Dialogue

  • Narration

  • Description

  • Action in a novelistic manner


Characteristics continued1

Characteristics Continued

  • Creative use of punctuation and line breaks

  • White space


Award winners

Award Winners

  • Out of the Dust won the Newbury Medal in 1998

  • ThanhhaLai won the 2011 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for verse novel Inside Out & Back Again


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