Definition of free verse in English:

free verse

noun

  • [mass noun] Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular rhythm:

    ‘a poem written in free verse’
    Also called vers libre
    • ‘But why is this poem formed in free verse as opposed to Simic's more ‘lyrical’ prose-poem?’
    • ‘I follow what Eliot says in his essay on free verse, that there has to be the ghost of meter behind the tapestry.’
    • ‘Others have suggested that Anglo-American writers generally did not distinguish between free verse and prose poems.’
    • ‘As well as writing in free verse, his poems are often structured in two or three-line stanzas or quatrains, frequently, although not always, with a rhyme scheme.’
    • ‘Isn't ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ a more notable object to spend a class period on than the first 15 lines of free verse that an 18-year-old student has ever written?’
    • ‘The same thing happens when the translation process is reversed and it happens, incidentally, in the case of free verse as easily as in that of metrical forms.’
    • ‘Just as free verse did away with meter and rhyme, the prose poem does away with the line as the unit of composition.’
    • ‘He says he is on a mission to make poetry popular again, and to undo what he says is the damage done by free verse, or poetry without regular patterns of rhyme, meter or stanzas.’
    • ‘I knew the class was going to be hard work for students who'd written almost entirely in free verse.’
    • ‘The poems were written in lyrical free verse with little capitalization or punctuation, and expressed concern, anger, and hope.’
    • ‘Usually your poetry lines, while having a great musicality, have a sense of free verse or poet's prose; they do not rhyme in any traditional way.’
    • ‘The translation is partly in free verse and partly in rhyme.’
    • ‘These are elements that probably have more to do with free verse then they do with the traditional novel.’
    • ‘Many of these complainers are writers of free verse poems who complained vigorously when new formalists declared that free verse wasn't real poetry - that poetry was rhymed and metered and used traditional forms.’
    • ‘I write in free verse, though this may become more structured in later rewriting.’
    • ‘Revising free verse is somewhat different from revising formalist poetry.’
    • ‘Far from being alarmed at what modern poets were doing with free verse, Riding and Graves tried to explain what was going on for the benefit of the bemused common reader.’
    • ‘She sometimes used syllabic counts, which of course one cannot hear and which do not eliminate stresses, to create a poetry not unlike free verse.’
    • ‘According to him, many aspiring poets come to him and say that they are great believers in free verse; that poetry doesn't come to them in any other form.’
    • ‘It lets your mind consider rhymes, rhythms and images you would never have used if you were writing in free verse.’

Pronunciation:

free verse

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