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Free Verse Poetry

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Emily Wood

on 2 February 2014

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Transcript of Free Verse Poetry

Free Verse Poetry for Things You Won't Find On A Map
What is Free Verse?
Free verse does not have a set pattern of rhyme or rhythm. There are no rules about line length in free verse. You try to keep the words that belong together on the same line, but, sometimes the poet will break these words if he/she wants to create a visual shape to support the poem's message, or feeling that the poet wishes the reader to experience. The poet may wish to put special emphasis on a word he/she has used so he will that word a line to itself, or place it on the next line so the reader notices it or is surprised by the poet's use of the word . Often a poet will end a line because it feels right to him/her to do so. The poet chooses the length of each line and the length of the poem according to the message, or feeling he/she wishes to communicate to his/her reader. When free verse is read aloud the reader can hear the rhythm of the words that the poet has used in his/her poem. Think of it as spoken music.
Free Verse Spoken Word
Anything and everything can be the topic of a free verse lyrical poem. The poem can tell a story, describe a person, animal, feeling or object. They can serious, sad, funny or educational. What ever subject that appeals to the poet can end up in free verse. Watch the following:
Language Used

The poet attempts to describe his/her subject with language that shows, not tells. For example, instead of writing " We had so much fun today.", the poet would write "They wore smiles all the way home." The idea being that a grinning face is more descriptive of the fun they had. It also leaves a stronger impression with the reader. Free verse poetry tries to capture images , convey meaning ,or emotions through the use of lyrical phrases that will get the poet's message across without a lot of telling. Free verse poets use figurative language devices such as metaphors, and similes to create these phrases
Now try your own
Just cause it's free verse, doesn't mean you can get away with only writing one line. Challenge yourself. Aim for at least 15 lines. Remember to include similes and metap
Stuck on a topic? Here are some options.
How much you love Ms.Wood
Stream of Consciousness

Something similar to free verse is Stream of Consciousness writing.This is where you write whatever is on your mind, like your train of thought.

For example it might be like this:
"I'm really enjoying this class. I have the best teacher ever. She is so funny...you know who else is funny? That snowman on Frozen. I didn't mind that movie. I want to see that new one though with Leo in it. He is so hot. I saw him in Titanic. Can you believe that is a true story? I would be so frightened. I mean, I'm scared of lots of things, especially bunnies. I like carrots though. Talking about carrots, I hope mum makes them for dinner tonight".

Now it's your turn. For five minutes you are to write whatever is on your mind. Anything. Even if it is "I don't know what to write".


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