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