Free-verse definition

Poetry without regular meter, rhyme, or stanzaic forms.
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Verse composed of variable, usually unrhymed lines having no fixed metrical pattern.
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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."

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(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.

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Origin of free-verse

  • Translation of French vers libre vers verse libre free

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A calque of French vers libre.

    From Wiktionary