Secular Free Verse vs. Religious Formal Verse

E.E. Cummings, “The Grasshopper”

I think there are good reasons why formal poetry the world over preceded free verse and artistic prose. Those reasons are likely to be biological rather than directly connected to religion, but the ancient naturalness of both seem to be connected.

On the other hand, free verse and the non(anti)-formalist verse that followed…

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Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin

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I am the author of “Diaphysics” and the novel “Hear the Screams of the Butterfly.” I am a consultant, poet, playwright, novelist, and interdisciplinary scholar.