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Does free verse have any rules?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:15 am
by steve-in-kville
I'm shifting back to writing poetry after a few years of intense journaling. I acquired a few issues of the American Poetry Review... some things that pass as poetry sorta caught me a bit off guard. Which begs the question, does free verse have any rules? The form interests me.

Re: Does free verse have any rules?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:42 am
by pls
Free verse is different from prose in that it is arranged differently on a page and has some cadence, or rhythm to it. Those are "rules" as such, but free verse should have some regularity to it so that readers will recognize it as poetry and not just lines of prose cut into shorter lines.

Re: Does free verse have any rules?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:04 pm
by steve-in-kville
I just re-read some poetry that I was questioning.... this makes sense now that I know what to look for!

Re: Does free verse have any rules?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:43 pm
by James A. Ritchie
As Robert Frost said, free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. But make sure it is free verse and not blank verse, or another form of metered poetry. Anyway, the only rule for free verse is staying something the editor wants to hear, and in a way that makes it unique.

Re: Does free verse have any rules?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:15 pm
by steve-in-kville

Re: Does free verse have any rules?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:03 am
by paula-hicks
Almost all of poetry make sense. It depends on what do you like.

Re: Does free verse have any rules?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:03 pm
by Noizchild
No, not to my knowledge.

Re: Does free verse have any rules?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:19 am
by Mina21
As long as it has some sort of rhythm or cadence then I guess that's the only rule to it