Conversed about poetry (5)
I believe the answer is:
'poetry' is the definition.
'conversed about' is the wordplay.
'about' indicates a hidden word (the clue goes around or about the answer).
'VERSE' is hidden within 'conversed'.
(Other definitions for verse that I've seen before include "Section of a poem" , "Stanza; poetry" , "literary offering" , "Poems" , "Metrical text" .)