Why was free verse so necessary for the poets of the Modern Period? How does free verse indicate a shift from previous poetic styles?
First, it is important to note that not all poets writing in the period called "modernist" were followers of the poetic movement "Modernism." Robert Frost, for example, was, like many of the "Georgian" poets, avowedly anti-modernist and famously compared writing free verse to playing tennis without a net. Wallace Stevens, a distinguished modernist poet, routinely wrote in traditional meters, and even Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot wrote some poems in traditional forms and others in free verse.
Ezra Pound argued that a poem should have a musical rhythm rather than the regularity of a metronome. He felt that poets should use rhythm for specific poetic effects rather than blindly...
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