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The default page formatting includes the flushbottom directive, which makes text end at the same place (vertically) on each page and can result in excessively large vertical spacings. This not sensible for verse, and you can use the raggedbottom directive instead, which will not stretch vertical skips.


In according to the manual, you have to change the \afterpoemtitleskip length: \documentclass{book} \usepackage{verse} \setlength{\afterpoemtitleskip}{0pt} \begin{document} \poemtitle{Lamp} \begin{verse} The lamp is nice\\ The lamp is cool\\ Blah diddy blah\\ The lamp turns blue \end{verse} \end{document}


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