- Walk away and find something to eat.
- Change the topic. "Yeah, that Impressionist art is crazy. Aren't the cheese sticks here awesome?"
- Not hang out with people who would talk about those things in the first place. (preferred)
But this has bothered me long enough and while I could research the topic of free verse poetry on the Webosphere or read books or take a college course in poetry, I would much rather get my information from people who read my blog, because you know what they say: Anonymous Internet users are almost always the best source of unbiased information.
And so I ask, what is up with free verse? Because dude, I don't get it and I never have (this could be because I've never tried). I did a cursory check on that paragon of reliability, Wikipedia, and it said this:
Free verse is a term describing various styles of poetry that are written without using strict meter or rhyme, but still recognizable as poetry by virtue of complex patterns of one sort or another that readers will perceive to be part of a coherent whole.
Translation: It doesn't have to rhyme. It doesn't have to flow. It mostly has to look like a poem.
If I have this right, you can take pretty much any sentence, throw in some colorful description, alliteration, metaphor-whatever you like, break the lines in funny places, and you have written a free verse poem.
Prose: This morning I sat waiting on the curb for the bus that would take me to school.
Free Verse Poem:
This morning I
waiting on the cu
for the yellow box that
would swallow me
and spit me back out
Like how I broke up "curb" there? Think about it, you'll get it. And how I left a line before "to school?" Yeah. That was to build suspense, ya'll.
Now I know I'm missing something here, because what I wrote is pure, unadulterated runny turd. So please, someone explain what the deal is with free verse. What do I need to know? How can I tell "good" free verse from something I could write in two minutes? And why should I be impressed when I see it?
Edumacate me. I'm asking for it.
Literary Wisdom of the Day:
"Look, if it were up to me I would open the world's borders to everyone so they could go anywhere. The only problem is that the United States is the only good country in the world."
--Howard Stern in Private Parts