A Few Words on Free Verse

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 10895

If you think all poetry has to rhyme, you are in for a surprise! Some very famous writers, like Walt Whitman, use free verse — which in unrhymed. Learn all about it here!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
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free verse comic

While the cartoon above suggests that free verse means poetry that is yours with no cost, it is referred to as free because it is not restricted to any specific rhyme scheme.

Free verse poems . . .

  • do not follow the limits of meter or rhythm,
  • do not follow a fixed rhyme scheme,
  • tend to follow the rhythm of normal speech, and
  • can be on any topic or theme.

For more information about free verse poetry, check out the videos below.

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