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free verse

noun, Prosody
verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.
Origin of free verse
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[free-vur-suh-fahy-er] /ˈfriˈvɜr səˌfaɪ ər/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for free verse

free verse

unrhymed verse without a metrical pattern
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Word Origin and History for free verse

1908; see vers libre.

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free verse in Culture

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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