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vers libre

[vair lee-bruh; French ver lee-bruh]
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noun
  1. free verse.
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Origin of vers libre

Borrowed into English from French around 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for vers libre

vers libre

noun
  1. (in French poetry) another term for free verse
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Word Origin and History for vers libre

n.

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]
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