Free Verse

Sarah Chillag

Definition:

poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter


it is organized according to the accent of image and speech patterns rather than according to a regular metrical scheme. The first known use of free verse was in 1908.

Famous poets known for their use of free verse:

Function:

-commonly used in contemporary poetry

-some poets take this function as a freedom from rhythm

-gives a greater freedom for choosing words and conveying the poet's meanings to the audience

Answers to handout:

1. No

2. image; speech

3. 1908

4. c- Ben Jonson