vers-libre

vers libre

[vair lee-bruh; French ver lee-bruh]
noun

Origin:
1915–20; < French

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vers libre (vɛr librə)
 
n
(in French poetry) another term for free verse

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vers libre
1902, from Fr., lit. "free verse," lines of varying length.
"I remarked some years ago, in speaking of vers libre, that 'no vers is libre for the man who wants to do a good job.' The term, which fifty years ago had an exact meaning in relation to the French alexandrine, now means too much to mean anything at all." [T.S. Eliot, introduction to "Selected Poems of Ezra Pound," 1928]
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