February 16th, 2008

Unfree Verse

I went Googling for "rhymed free verse" and got some hits.

The idea seems to be that the verse in question is rhythmically irregular, but rhymed.  Some of what I write is like that.

To me, such verse is not really "free", since it is still confined by rhyme.  Partly it's merely semantics, I suppose.

But isn't it funny that there's no set phrase for verse that is not free?

To write unfree verse
Is my daily curse.

But isn't binding words with rhyme
A kind of crime?

Don't they deserve to be chosen on meaning alone
Without attention to accidents such as tone?