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."
poetry without regular meter, rhyme, or stanzaic forms
Verse composed of variable, usually unrhymed lines having no fixed metrical pattern.
Origin of free verseTranslation of French vers libre vers verse libre free
- (uncountable) A poetic form divided into lines of no particular length or meter, without a rhyme scheme.
- Whitman uses free verse to achieve effects impossible under even the broad restrictions of blank verse.
A calque of French vers libre.