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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for free verse
Historical Examples
  • But I do object to free verse when it is organized into a cult that denies other freedoms to other poets!

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

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • In judging her work, consider separately her poems in regular metrical form and those in free verse.

    Contemporary American Literature John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
  • The Imagist fights for "free verse" as for the principle of liberty.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • It was called by the Italians versi sciolti, "untied or free verse."

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • The question of free verse, naturally will come in for consideration.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • The only thing that surprises me is that Mr. Smith didn't include some free verse in it.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • 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
  • free verse may have great poetic value even though it lacks a unique cadence.

    The Literature of Ecstasy Albert Mordell
  • 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 American Heritage® 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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