The Beauty of Freedom of Speech

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Free Verse:  also called open form verse, is distinguished from traditional versification in that tis rhythms are not organized into the regularity of meter; most free verse also lacks rhyme.  The term should not be confused with blank verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter.

Ah free verse.  My all time favorite form of poetry.  I love being able to speak my mind freely, create my own rules, and completely run away from the confines of iambic pentameter.  To me, free verse is so much more free and expressive because someone can say exactly what's on their minds, without trying to fit in into the 14 lines of a sonnet, or 10 syllables in a line. 

Here is a free verse poem that I wrote for class:


"A Tempests' Kiss"

One kiss is all it takes.

Bittersweet irony to a dead man’s hunger

Swirling nonstop in his cavity of rage and darkness with no way out.

You make a deal with the Devil

And forever dance in the moonlight

While your fate is sealed with a piercing kiss.


You can hear it pulsing in her veins.

Dark, crimson blood.

You long for the taste.

The Kill.

One bite won’t hurt.


Like a fountain pouring from your skin.

Convince yourself that it’s wrong

When you know it’s oh so right.

Her long, flowing hair and her creamy white skin

Glistens in the moonlight as you watch her from her

Bedroom window.

An angel soon to become a demon of the night.

Like a bat out of hell you scream metamorphosis

And define the similarities of man and beast.

A predator ready to pounce on his prey.

For what is the purpose of life and love

Because when you’re dead, you have nothing to live for.

One kiss is all it takes.

From a vampire.

A beast

Or a man.


Now here is an example of a sonnet that I wrote for class, while being confined to the 14 constructed lines, with 10 stressed/unstressed syllables (iambic pentameter) per line.  I'd be interested in hearing which one you like best and why! Which is more expressive, confined writing, or writing without restraints? You tell me!


“A Moonlight Waltz”

1 The darkness covers me in deepest night,

2 While whispering, “Child, follow me to bliss.”

3 It swallows happiness, it swallows fright

4 It blinds your heart with a seductive kiss

5 To capture innocence while breathing sin,

6 Like picture perfect moments lost in light

7 Enchanted spirits lead me to begin

8 To wander helplessly into the bite.

9 He speaks in rhythm, such sweet poetry

10 So alluring to the beat of my heart

11 My knees buckle at his presence fully

12 My soul does yearn to be whole from a part

13 A prince who became my one desire,

14 So masked in darkness; Hell’s own vampire




Maddie Gillespie said:

Well, for the record...I like them both! Of course, that's coming from a person who happens to be particularly fond of dark writings involving vampires and other various creatures of the dark night. However, since you asked which one I liked most, I'd have to say that I like the free verse, but that I also like the fact that the sonnet seemed to be from the supposed victim's side. Maybe yes? Maybe no? Regardless, I truly enjoyed reading them!

Erica Gearhart said:

I love these a lot Stephanie! You are so creative and your word choice is amazing. I was really a good idea to include your own successful examples of free verse and sonnet writing to show the similarities and differences.

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