Rhyme, or: Free verse

A rondelet

Free verse is king,
so it's thought... though -I- don't think so.
Free verse is king;
behave, and you may kiss its ring.
Are you a poet? Wanna go pro?
Well, rhyming submissions? Just: NO.
Free verse is king!

40 thoughts on “Rhyme, or: Free verse”

    1. Well, look, now, clever & cute is a very reasonable goal!

      I wrote this poem based upon what discussions that I’ve had on WP with poets that have tried to get published in different places… the consensus I’ve encountered is that free verse is all the rage nowadays in the poetry community, and rhyming forms are looked down upon by many people.

      But -yes- I confess! I have no experience with these publications myself πŸ™‚

  1. Haha this is just brilliant! And I think mostly true. Though I must admit it’s often rhyming poetry that hits to the core of this heart’s blue. ;)) xoxo

      1. Don’t you just love those moments? If we can crack ourselves up I think we’ve done well in the poetry contest department. ;)) πŸ˜†πŸ‘πŸ™Œ

  2. Clever! Yes, free verse does seem to be the poetry intelligentsia’s preferred mode. But who cares what they think? 😜

      1. Ah, gotcha. I guess it depends. A place like Poetry Magazine probably sticks to free verse a lot. But I’m sure there are plenty of others out there that don’t.

  3. Poetry is like ceramics – everyone has to learn on the wheel (think strict technique) which I equate to the use of traditional forms and structures. Then the accomplished artist starts adding and subtracting from the thrown pieces until it becomes unrecognizable (invented forms). Finally they revert to the process that is akin to the untrained ceramicist (free verse). And eventually the untrained is accepted as a great artist. All the artists working to perfect their visions on the wheel are dismissed and art falls into the abyss. Is that where poetry is now? Are we headed to the abyss where those who like the challenge and beauty of the ode and the kyrielle are dismissed and anyone who can write a sentence (monostich, micropoem) is elevated to professional?? (steps off soap box and slinks away to write a Droighneach)

      1. Not really. I’m thinking of booklets of “inspirational” verse (quasireligious but no more specific than monotheism) you used to get in the mail. I don’t know that they do that anymore. That was about 20 years ago or so. If they take rhymed poetry, they tend to like banal poetry.

  4. Hahahaha, I am stuck for words here. Rhyme or freeverse…..I’d say both are princes fighting for kingship, and I’m a humble neutral caught between this war.. but honestly, I’d say it depends on one’s mood, don’t you agree?

        1. I’m not the best person to ask about that at all – this is what I’ve heard from other poet-bloggers… but I’ve been told that Spillwords is accepting of all sorts of poetry.

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