free verse

free verse
noun Date: 1908 verse whose meter is irregular in some respect or whose rhythm is not metrical

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Free verse — is a term describing various styles of poetry that are written without using strict meter or rhyme, but that still are recognizable as poetry by virtue of complex patterns of one sort or another that readers will perceive to be part of a coherent …   Wikipedia

  • free verse — free versifier /free verr seuh fuy euhr/, n. Prosody. verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern. [1905 10] * * * Poetry organized according to the cadences of speech and image patterns rather than according to a regular metrical scheme …   Universalium

  • free verse — n [U] poetry that does not have a fixed structure and does not ↑rhyme →↑blank verse …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • free verse — free′ verse′ n. pro verse with no fixed metrical pattern • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • free verse — noun uncount a type of poetry that does not have a regular RHYTHM or RHYME …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • free verse — 1908; see VERS LIBRE (Cf. vers libre) …   Etymology dictionary

  • free verse — ► NOUN ▪ poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular rhythm …   English terms dictionary

  • free verse — n. poetry without regular meter, rhyme, or stanzaic forms …   English World dictionary

  • free verse — noun unrhymed verse without a consistent metrical pattern • Syn: ↑vers libre • Hypernyms: ↑poem, ↑verse form * * * noun Etymology: translation of French vers libre : verse whose meter is irregular in some respect or who …   Useful english dictionary

  • FREE VERSE —    Japanese poetry has historically been governed by metric considerations based upon the tanka tradition. Free verse does away with the strict metrical structure of tanka, lending itself to the use of colloquial grammar and vocabulary. When… …   Japanese literature and theater

  • free verse — noun A poetic form divided into lines of no particular length or meter, without a rhyme scheme. Whitman uses free verse to achieve effects impossible under even the broad restrictions of blank verse …   Wiktionary

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