Wednesday, January 14, 2015

poetry form week 8: free verse (January 14-January 27)

Free Verse

Definition of Free Verse

How do you define Free Verse? What is the definition of Free Verse?
The definition of Free Verse is as follows:
Definition of Free Verse
Free Verse is a form of Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern. The early 20th-century poets were the first to write what they called "free verse" which allowed them to break from the formula and rigidity of traditional poetry. The poetry of Walt Whitman provides many illustrations of Free Verse including his poem "Song of Myself".
Example of Free Verse
There are many examples of different types of poetry. An example of Free Verse can be found in the poetic work of Walt Whitman.
Example of Free Verse
Song of Myself
Walt Whitman
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loaf and invite my soul,
I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
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Example of Free Verse

Forms of Poetry and Literary Terms

How do you define a couplet or a Falling Meter? And what exactly is an Iambic pentameter? We have provided
 a definition of poetry and literary terms together with the meaning and examples, such as the above definition
 of Free Verse. A helpful educational resource for those taking an English test or a University student 
studying English and American Literature. Each definition, such as the above definition and example of Free 
Verse will provide a glossary of literary terms or a dictionary with the meaning, samples, examples and 
the rules of specialising in each different type of poem and poetry.
Definition of Poetry

Poetry is piece of literature written by a poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are
 expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis 
on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are 
commonly used to distinguish poetry from prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word 
association to quickly convey emotions. An example of Free Verse is detailed above.

Structure of Poetry

 The structure used in poems varies with different types of poetry and can be seen 
in the above example of Free Verse. The structural elements include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. 
Poets combine the use of language and a specific structure to create imaginative and expressive work. 
The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem. 
The structure of many types of poetry  result in groups of lines on the page which enhance the poem's 
composition. An example of Free Verse.

Another sample of free verse:

    Like a skein of loose silk blown against a wall
    She walks by the railing of a path in Kensington Gardens,
    And she is dying piece-meal
    of a sort of emotional anemia. And round about there is a rabble
    Of the filthy, sturdy, unkillable infants of the very poor.
    They shall inherit the earth.
    In her is the end of breeding.
    Her boredom is exquisite and excessive…..
    will commit that indiscretion.
    (The Garden by Ezra Pound)
Ezra Pound is also renowned for writing free verse poetry. He has created this modern free
verse poem with musical quality. There are stressed and unstressed patterns but created in a very .
clever way. It is not following a regular rhyme scheme but we can see alliteration in words such as                                                       “like, loose, round rabble, exquisite and excessive.”


  1. glad to showcase free verse definition.

    write one today, cheers.

  2. LOVE Walt Whitman. Great examples.

  3. nice verse samples.

  4. beautiful samples of free verse.

  5. Thank you -informative- wonderful poems for understanding

  6. a good sample to learn about.