By: Luke Fontenot

History of Free-Verse

Free verse was first written and labeled “free verse” by a group of French poets of the late 19th century.

Purpose of Free-Verse

Their purpose was to deliver French poetry from the guidelines of metrical patterns and to re-create the free rhythms of natural speech.

Characteristics of Free-Verse

  1. No set line length
  2. No set rhythm
  3. No rhyming pattern

Examples of Free-Verse

After the Sea-Ship by Walt Whitman

Fog by Carl Sandburg

Free Verse by Robert Graves