- 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.