When poetry became ‘prosetry’: a brief history of free verse

To free or not to free, that was the question

Joyful jumble: A section of my poetry shelves.

Free verse has come to represent democracy, equal opportunity and self-expression. But in bulk and unaware of the forms from which it has been freed — the iambic pentameter, the alexandrine — it can be extremely depressing. A S Byatt (b1936)