free verse

[ free-vurs ]
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  1. verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.

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Origin of free verse

First recorded in 1905–10

Other words from free verse

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for free verse

free verse

  1. unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern

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Cultural definitions for free verse

free verse

Verse without regular meter or rhyme. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, is written almost entirely in 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.