free verse


Definition of free verse

: verse whose meter is irregular in some respect or whose rhythm is not metrical

Examples of free verse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An astonishing statement, this, given that Pound is himself arguably the greatest free verse poet in the language! New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The essay encourages an oddly suspicious, even paranoid reading of most free verse as phony poetry, as prose in costume. Elisa Gabbert, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Gunn became the prodigal son who never returned, and many English critics lined up to castigate him for running to seed—and to free verse—in America. Matthew Bevis, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 Her riddles interleave what reads like a sociological thesis told in free verse. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 This book for young readers, written in free verse, was the winner of a 2020 Newbery Honor. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2021 Love at First is poetry, then — sometimes an artful sonnet, other times halting free verse. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 1 Mar. 2021 This came as no surprise to Smith, whose remarkable ability to recognize darkness while tenaciously holding onto hope is embodied in the 17 lines of free verse. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 30 Nov. 2020 But no primer quite equips the reader for the free verse that follows — an exhale of recipes, memoir, travelogue, social commentary and gossip that illuminates one Black woman’s experience like no work of literature before or since. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of free verse

1813, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Free verse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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