Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Free verse - an art form

What exactly is 'free verse'? Angela Saunders, who is poetry editor for the website Bella Online, recently wrote an article about this and she says the following:

"Free verse is a form of poetry that does not follow either traditional rhyme or meter. Rather, it uses a rhythm or cadence closer to normalized speech patterns. Free verse may use a repetition of words, a grouping of words in specific shape patterns, or it may use specific line breaks to create emphases on thoughts. In free verse, the poet chooses how they will and will not use conventional rules of poetry..."

She then goes on to compare free verse to abstract art and illustrates the points she makes by giving examples from my book It's a Teacher's Life...!, which is all written in free verse. If you'd like to read the whole article (which is not very long), here is the link:

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art3030.asp

I hope you find the article interesting and I'd love to know whether you agree that free verse is like abstract art or not!

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