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free verse

noun, Prosody.
verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.
Origin of free verse
First recorded in 1905-10
Related forms
[free-vur-suh-fahy-er] /ˈfriˈvɜr səˌfaɪ ər/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for free verse
Historical Examples
  • The only thing that surprises me is that Mr. Smith didn't include some free verse in it.


    Christopher Morley
  • I might have made a point of this in talking to that free verse poet.


    Christopher Morley
  • The Imagist fights for "free verse" as for the principle of liberty.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • The question of free verse, naturally will come in for consideration.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • It was called by the Italians versi sciolti, "untied or free verse."

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • The worst enemies of free verse were to be found in that camp.

  • With the Symbolists 'free verse' was an attempt to capture finer modulations of music than the rigid frame of metre allowed.

  • But I do object to free verse when it is organized into a cult that denies other freedoms to other poets!

  • Raven loved Dick at times like these, when he was neither sulky over Nan's aloofness nor didactic about democracy and free verse.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • Define: Futurist painting, free verse, Social morality, in relation to their preceding forms.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
British Dictionary definitions for free verse

free verse

unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for free verse

1908; see vers libre.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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free verse in Culture

free verse definition

Verse without regular meter or rhyme. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, is written almost entirely in free verse.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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