Free Verse Poetry

We have begun our path to becoming poets. Today, we started Free Verse poetry.

So, let’s recap what we learned about free verse:

Free verse is an open form of poetry.  It does not use consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any other musical pattern.  So, it tends to follow the rhythm of natural speech.

Example:

Fog by Carl Sandburgink-and-feather-quill-clipart-600x600.jpg

The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on.

•In rhyming poetry, the ends of lines will usually rhyme in some set pattern called a rhyme scheme.
•Free verse poems do not have a rhyme scheme. They may have a few words that rhyme, but they do not follow a set pattern.
•These poems also do not follow a particular rhythm. Rhythm is how the words in each line sound together when they are read.

•Free verse is one of the simplest, and yet most difficult, type of poetry to write.

•There are no rules about form but it requires the poet to work hard at creating a piece that is beautiful and meaningful without any specific guidelines about rhyme and meter.

For homework, we practiced 5 free verse poems.

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