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Free Verse Poetry

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Kristina Slusser

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Free Verse Poetry

Free Verse
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

* Diction
-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

*Word association
-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
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