Free verse, alos called open form verse, is distinguished from the traditional versification in that its rhythms are not organized into the regularity of meter; most free verse also lacks rhyme.Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (226-246) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)
Many people think that writing poetry in free verse is the easiest way out. After reading Hamilton's definition of the term, I realized that that this is not the case. Because of their lack of any set meter or rhyme, poets who use the open form of free verse must come up with creative ways to add meaning to their poems. In closed form poems, poets can use the meter, rhyme scheme of their selected form to enhance the meaning of their words, but in a free verse poem the poet has no previosly set form to rely on for this. Instead he has to depend on his own creativity, using the division of his words, sentences and lines to convey additional meaning to his carefully chosen words. In this way, free verse almost becomes a form of visual art, as the poet creates a poem that not only contains meaning in its words, but also in the visual layout of these words.