Maybe I’m just a Philistime here, but I’ve come to wonder: is “free verse”, with no rhyme pattern or meter, truly a form of poetry?
Most sources I’ve read say it is, but the free verse I’ve read or heard just seems to me like prose that ignores the rules of capitalization or punctuation. On rare occasions, I’ve seen a poem written in such a way that the written words form an intriguing visual image, but other than that, isn’t the essence of poetry a matter of esthetic wordplay?
Is or isn’t free verse legitimately considered poetry? And why?
Chaim Mattis Keller
“Sherlock Holmes once said that once you have eliminated the
impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be
the answer. I, however, do not like to eliminate the impossible.
The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it that the merely improbable lacks.”
– Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently, Holistic Detective