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free verse

[ free-vurs ]
/ ˈfri ˈvɜrs /
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noun Prosody.
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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British Dictionary definitions for free verse

free verse

noun
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.
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