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free verse

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noun Prosody.
  1. verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.
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Origin of free verse

First recorded in 1905–10
Related formsfree-ver·si·fi·er [free-vur-suh-fahy-er] /ˈfriˈvɜr səˌfaɪ ər/, noun
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Examples from the Web for free verse

Historical Examples

  • The subject of free-verse is too complicated to be discussed here.

    Some Imagist Poets

    Richard Aldington

  • We do not insist upon "free-verse" as the only method of writing poetry.

    Some Imagist Poets

    Richard Aldington

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for free verse

free verse

  1. 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

free verse in Culture

free verse

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

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