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Free Verse Poetry
Transcript of Free Verse Poetry
Poetry Structure So, what makes this poetic? *Also called "vers libre" which simply means free verse
*Can be traced back to the King James Bible
*Walt Whitman typically accredited as first English free verse poet
*20th century was the "Age of Free Verse" *Open form
*No consistent pattern of metric structure
(i.e. not written in iambic pentameter; this is what separates free from blank verse)
*No set rules for rhyme scheme
-Some poets will use rhyming in their free verse poems
*Follows the natural rhythm of speech
-A poet's choice of specific words is detrimental to the poem's effect/meaning
*Internal pattern of words
- Free verse often times consists of patterns. These are used to enhance the poem's overall effect
-Free verse poems are usually loaded with figurative language. It are the things specific words are associated with that create impacting free verse poetry A little background info TP-CASTT writing free verse was like
"playing tennis without a net."
-Robert Frost An Example Fog
by Carl Sandburg
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on P Title: The meaning of the title without reference to the poem.
Paraphrase: Put the poem, line by line, in your own words. DO NOT READ INTO THE POEM. Only read on surface level.
Connotation: looking for deeper meaning. Identify poetic devices; discuss their effects.
Attitude: Looking for the author’s tone. How is the writer speaking?
Shifts: Looking for shifts in tone, action, and rhythm. Don’t just write the number. Discuss how the shift(s) affects the poem.
Title: reevaluate the title as it pertains to the poem
Theme: What does the poem mean? What is it saying? How does it relate to life? T T S T