By Ben Williams

What is a Free-Verse?

A free-verse poem is unlike most poems without rhyme and a set up meter. It has breaks at parts of suspense or natural pauses.

History of the Free-Verse

It originates from 19th century French poets. It was a time when France was under tyrannical rule. To rebel they started the movement called "Vers Libre" meaning free verse.

What's the Point of a Free-Verse

A free-verse is to give the poet freedom to "break the rules" and go outside the box of a regular poem.

Types of Free-Verse Poems

Some poems have lines broken with one or two words. Another kind has lines that break at natural pauses and some that are interupted with unatural pauses.

How to identify a Free-Verse

Look for these things:

  • No rhythm or rhyme
  • No set meter

Example of a Free-Verse

Fog by Carl Sandburg

The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on.

Works Cited

Free Verse. TlC College of Canyons Dec. 5

Free Verse. Literary Devices. Literary devices. Dec. 5

Examples of Free Verse Poems.Your Dictionary. Love to Know Corp. Dec. 5