free verse

noun Prosody.
verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.

Origin:
1905–10

free-versifier [free-vur-suh-fahy-er] , noun
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free verse
 
n
unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern

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free verse definition


Verse without regular meter or rhyme. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, is written almost entirely in free verse.

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Example sentences
His inclination to this form did not stop him from using other forms such as free verse.
Describe the characteristics of free verse, rhymed, and patterned poetry.
Poems can be short or long, funny or touching, rhymed or free verse.
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