(11/26/2013 8:50:00 AM)
In 20th-century poetry, meter and rhythm not only experience " STRAINED RELATION" but undergo a destructive divorce; and in the court settlement, RHYTHM gets the house, the car, and the condo in Aspen, while METER is left with the toaster oven and the kids.
Free verse- a poetry of rhythm without meter- emerges and is so widely and rapidly adopted that by 1977 Stanley Kunitz observes in an interview with Antaeus: " Non-metrical verse has swept the field, so that there is no longer any real adversary from the metricians. The defining element of poetry is no longer whether it is metrical or non-metrical... [P]oetry is defined by a certain inflection of the voice rather than in terms of a particular prosodic practice."
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