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vers libre

[vair lee-bruh; French ver lee-bruh] /ˌvɛər ˈli brə; French vɛr ˈli brə/
Origin of vers libre
Borrowed into English from French around 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for vers libre
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  • It would have been pedantic, while in America, to have abstained from an effort at vers libre.

  • A conviction as to the rightness or wrongness of vers libre is no guarantee of a poet.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • For all I know, Zipp is a poet—his smile is lyrical, and in his roving eyes there is a suggestion of vers libre.

  • Her versification does not fit in with preconceived notions of vers libre.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • I asked Miss Lowell to tell something of this vers libre which is so much discussed and so little understood.

  • Now, there is a difference between the cadence of vers libre and the cadence of oratory.

  • vers libre is a difficult thing to write well, and a very easy thing to write badly.

  • The unit in vers libre is not the foot, the number of the syllables, the quantity, or the line.

    Some Imagist Poets, 1916 Richard Aldington
  • Richard Aldington's "Childhood" is a very typical example of vers libre.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • And the recent popularity of vers libre and imagisme has made the definer's task harder than ever before.

British Dictionary definitions for vers libre

vers libre

/vɛr librə/
(in French poetry) another term for free verse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vers libre

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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