Just because it's free (verse), does not mean it's easy!

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Chelsea’s blog on Hamilton’s Essential Literary Terms made me consider how easy it is to write free verse versus other more structured types of poetry.  And while, I like free verse like Chelsea does and enjoy writing it, I think that she is oversimplifying free verse by saying it is easy to write.  Just like in a sonnet, every word, comma, and pause has to serve a purpose.  Granted, one doesn’t have to worry about rhyming, but with such freedom the author needs to be more careful that they aren’t running away with their thoughts and not focusing on the concise nature of poetry.  Every single part of the poem needs to be packed with meaning, and that meaning needs to put there on purpose.  Without a structure to control you, it is easy to forget that.    

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