Poetry without rhythm (meter) or rhyme is referred to as free verse. While free verse may contain rhyme, it is not a necessity of the poetic form. An example of a free verse poem is Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," which contains the lines: "All truths wait in all things / They neither hasten their own delivery nor resist it, / They do not need the obstetric forceps of the surgeon."Continue Reading
Rhythmical or metrical elements might be present in free verse poetry; however, they are not formalized by the poet in the process of composition. The function of free verse is typically to afford the poet greater creative freedom.
When composing free verse, poets tend to select words for their cadence more than for their syllabic structure. Onomatopoeic words, that is, words that sound like what they signify, are common. Examples include "stop," "sip," "slurp," "thump," "hush," "shout" and "bang." Some other common characteristics of free verse poetry include alliteration and personification.
Some notable free verse poets besides Walt Whitman include William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and Carl Sandburg. Other examples of free verse can be found in the Bible, particularly in the Psalms and Song of Solomon.Learn more about Literature
An example of a tercet poem is a haiku, a verse with three lines in which the first and last rhyme or a verse within a terza rima, where the rhyme scheme is interlocked between verses. A tercet is a verse of three lines. An example comes from Shakespeare with all three lines rhyming: "Death is now the phoenix’ nest; And the turtle’s loyal breast, To eternity doth rest,…"Full Answer >
Poetry typically follows some type of pattern while prose does not follow any formal patterns of verse. Most everyday writing is done in the form of prose.Full Answer >
Authors use repetition for several reasons, including making a point, to set a rhythm, link topics or ideas and to make discussions easier to follow. Using repetition in writing is something that still has rules and should be used with some thought instead of randomly.Full Answer >
An example of approximate rhyme is linking the two words "ladies" and "bodies" or "on" and "moon" in verse. This type of rhyme exists when two words nearly rhyme, but do not.Full Answer >