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How does Leona Gom’s poem "Moved" fit the definition of a free verse poem?       ...

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ranjeetjoubble | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted June 10, 2012 at 2:27 AM via web

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How does Leona Gom’s poem "Moved" fit the definition of a free verse poem?

            The earth begins, already,

to reclaim what once was trees;

rotting logs collapse,

roofs are bending

in a slow ballet,

and everywhere

the green grass fires

lick at lumber.

 

            Already sold, these acres

will be ploughed next year,

remains of buildings

burned or buried,

and a field of grain

hungry for the newly-broken soil,

will rise from the forgotten

bones of barns.

 

            Around the yard

the farm machines,

strangely still this fall,

grow from rubber, tired stems.

Their metal blossoms,

huge and red and rusty,

await their own harvest –

auction.

 

            And we three – born here,

who grew here,

who climbed the trees

            ran down the river-banks,

            swam in the dugout,

            hid in the hayloft,

            rode horses as rein-free as we –

grown weary of wonder now,

cling to our separate cities,

refusing to repay this farm

for what it was

and what we are.

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vmoriarity | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM (Answer #1)

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Leona Gom's poem "Moved" clearly fits the definition of a free verse poem.  A free verse poem is one that has no discernable pattern of rhyme and rhythm.  If you look and the end rhyme scheme, there is no clear pattern of rhyming; in fact, this poem does not rhyme at all.  Also, when reading the poem out loud, it sounds like a conversation or a speech.  It has no sing-song rhythm of any sort.  The way the author incorporates the punctuation also supports the fact this poem is meant to be read as if the speaker is talking normally.  This is a tell tale sign that a poem is written in free verse. Each stanza is written to replicate normal speech patterns.   

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