- The definition of free verse is poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter.
An example of free verse is Walt Whitman's "I Dream'd in a Dream."
free verse definition by Webster's New World
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poetry without regular meter, rhyme, or stanzaic forms
free verse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Verse composed of variable, usually unrhymed lines having no fixed metrical pattern.
Origin: Translation of French vers libre : vers, verse + libre, free.