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Study poetry in commune (8)


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'study poetry in commune' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both related to communication as well as being singular nouns.
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'study poetry' is the wordplay.
'study' becomes 'con' (con can informally mean to study).
'poetry' becomes 'verse' (synonyms).

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(Other definitions for converse that I've seen before include "take part in discussion" , "Communicate with" , "Quite the opposite!" , "express thoughts and ideas?" , "speak" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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