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Definition of: Free Verse

Poetry Definition

A term describing various styles of poetry that are not written using strict meter or rhyme, but that still are recognizable as 'poetry' by virtue of complex patterns of one sort or another that readers can perceive to be part of a coherent whole.

Example

Fog
by Carl Sandburg

THE FOG comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Standard Definition

[n] unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern

Synonyms

vers libre

See Also...

poem, verse form

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