(5/25/2005 9:50:00 AM)
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Any poetry that contains cliche is likely to be a poor poem whether in free form or metre.
I find that the exact opposite of your contention to be more common. Many 'poets' adopt free form because they think in this form anything goes. They are equally wrong of course as those who think that all a poem has to do is hit a rhyme form and they are home and dry.
Consistent metre, rhythm or rhyme are necessarily more difficult to maintain than poetry which doesn't have to consider these three aspcts closely.The standards for good poetry remain high no matter what the chosen form.
Clearly, free form gives the greatest scope for a lazy poet.
Poetry is not a matter of finding that perfect word. Truth can only be approached with words, it cannot be captured. Perfection is unacheivable.