Free Verse

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Free Verses tend to follow the rules of natural speech. They do not have rhyme, meter, or any other musical pattern. Although free verses seem to not have poetic form many poets say they do contain some type of poetic form. Poets also say that that there are no traditional forms of free verses.                                                                                                                                       After the Sea-Ship by Walt Whitman

After the Sea-Ship—after the whistling winds;

After the white-gray sails, taut to their spars and ropes,

Below, a myriad, myriad waves, hastening, lifting up their necks,

Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship:

Waves of the ocean, bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying,

Waves, undulating waves—liquid, uneven, emulous waves,

Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves,

Where the great Vessel, sailing and tacking, displaced the surface;