free verse is great
I have always had a hard time distinguishing blank verse from free verse until this semester. I learned that blank verse is “unrhymed iambic pentameter.” I’ve always enjoyed writing in free verse. I don’t like having constrictions when I write. I can just let my ideas flow. I feel that when there are no constraints, I can express my feelings better. I can say the words in my heart and not have to change anything around to make it rhyme or fit a pattern.
I think I used to write free verse because I had a hard time understanding poetry. I know in this class I struggled with rhyme schemes and stressed and unstressed syllables. I just wanted to avoid it. But, when it came time to write sonnets, I couldn’t hide from my fears anymore. It took a while, but my patience paid off. I finally understood.
I enjoy writing in blank verse as well. But for the longest time, I thought I was writing a blank verse when really I was writing in free verse. I just learned that blank verse is written in iambic pentameter. I didn’t feel as constricted writing in blank verse. Yes iambic pentameter is a constraint, but its only one constraint.
I still prefer writing in free verse. I just feel I can be more open with my thoughts that way. But, at least now it’s a choice. Now I can say it’s a type of poetry I prefer, not it’s the only type of poetry I understand.