- verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.
Origin of free verse
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for free verse
We do not insist upon "free-verse" as the only method of writing poetry.
The subject of free-verse is too complicated to be discussed here.
The old question has been lately reopened, however, by the anomalous form called 'free-verse.'
Free-verse (or, as Miss Lowell prefers, 'unrhymed cadence') is a hydra-headed phenomenon.
The many kinds of free-verse are recognizable chiefly by the greater or less feeling of metrical form lying behind them.
- unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern
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Word Origin and History for free verse
1908; see vers libre.
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