Free Verse


    Many people think that the very beginning of free verse was when John Wycliffe translated the book of Psalms in the Bible in the 1380s.  Since then, free verse has grown immensely, with poets such as Carl Sandburg, the author of the free verse poem "Fog" writing free verse.  Free verse, although often deemed as "un-poetic" and "too free" to be a poem, it is restrictive, but in its own way.  For example, free verse often follows typical human speech patterns.  It also must be formatted into lines and stanzas, immediately giving it a different feel from prose writing, and adding restrictions and guidelines to free verse.

Sample Poem


The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

-Carl Sandburg