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After Free Verse

Marjorie Perloff

in Close Listening

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195109924
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109924.003.0005
After Free Verse

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This chapter started by describing the history of free verse, and stating that it is now more than a century old. The chapter also presents the implication of the claim for “neutral availability”, verse forms, whether free or otherwise, which are independent of history as well as of national and cultural context. In addition to that, the chapter states that a metrical choice is a question of individual preference and free verse is some kind of end point, an instance of writing degree zero from which the only reasonable “advance” can be a return to “normal” metrical forms. This chapter also defines the idea of free verse, and one of the definition is it is described by the lack of structuring grid based on counting of linguistic units and/or position of linguistic features.

Keywords: free verse; neutral availability; individual preference; lack of structuring grid; linguistic units; linguistic features

Chapter.  10781 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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