Definition of free verse in English:

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free verse

Pronunciation: /ˌfrē ˈvərs/


Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter. Also called vers libre.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Others have suggested that Anglo-American writers generally did not distinguish between free verse and prose poems.
  • 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.

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Syllabification: free verse

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