'Humdrum and Harum-Scarum: A Lecture on Free Verse
' is an essay by the poet Robert Bridges
, first published in November 1922
in both the North American Review
and the London Mercury.
In it Bridges explains what he regards as the 'adverse conditions' that free verse
imposes upon a poet:
- loss of carrying power
- same-ness of line structure
- indetermination of subsidiary 'accent'