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vers libre

[vair lee-bruh; French ver lee-bruh] /ˌvɛər ˈli brə; French vɛr ˈli brə/
noun
Origin of vers libre
1915-1920
Borrowed into English from French around 1915-20
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vers libre

/vɛr librə/
noun
1.
(in French poetry) another term for free verse
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n.

1902, from French, literally "free verse," lines of varying length.

I remarked some years ago, in speaking of vers libre, that 'no vers is libre for the man who wants to do a good job.' The term, which fifty years ago had an exact meaning in relation to the French alexandrine, now means too much to mean anything at all. [T.S. Eliot, introduction to "Selected Poems of Ezra Pound," 1928]

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