verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.
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- free-ver·si·fi·er [free-vur-suh-fahy-er], /ˈfriˈvɜr səˌfaɪ ər/, noun
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How to use free verse in a sentence
In fact, you can send me any type of poem — even doggerel or free verse — as long as it is no more than 17 lines long.I’ve waited 17 years to write about periodical cicadas again. The wait is over. | John Kelly | May 12, 2021 | Washington Post
free verse is a sign of the New, also the dream of a free world and the planetary patriotism.The Hive | Will Levington Comfort
Any one who has ever written love-letters—which are a kind of aboriginal free-verse—knows what they are.Colors of Life | Max Eastman
There seems to be a certain confusion whereby free verse is held to be a movement in the direction of free speech.Pieces of Hate | Heywood Broun
The objection to most of the “free verse” that is being written to-day is that in form it is neither delightful nor memorable.The Art of Letters | Robert Lynd
"The Toys" of Coventry Patmore is a good example of what "free verse" ought to be.Confessions of a Book-Lover | Maurice Francis Egan
British Dictionary definitions for free verse
unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern
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Cultural definitions for free verse
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.