Catalogue verse is poetry that presents a list or lists, whether of people, objects, or abstract qualities. Catalogue verse exists in almost all literatures and is of ancient origin.[1]


Examples are the genealogical lists in the Bible and the lists of heroes in epics such as Homer’s Iliad. A more modern example is Gerard Manley Hopkins’s "Pied Beauty," which begins:

       Glory be to God for dappled things —
       For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
       For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
       Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
       Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
       And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.[1]

Other examples are the Penny poems (Penny or Penny's Hat, Penny's OS, and Penny's Cat is Dead) by George J. Dance.

"The Walrus and the Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll is a parody of the genre.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Catalog verse, Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. Web, June 23, 2013.
  2. C, Glossary, Representative Poetry Online. Web, June 23, 2013.
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