Comparing Sonnets and Free Verse Poetry

For more than two decades, Dr. Manfred Alkhas has served as the primary treating doctor at San Jose, California’s Good Life Chiropractic. Outside of his professional work, Dr. Manfred Alkhas spends his time writing poetry and short stories.

Through poetry, writers and creative individuals can experiment with language in a variety of ways. The sonnet is one of many poetic forms that simultaneously guide and challenge poets. Both the Shakespearean and Petrarchan, or Italian, sonnets can make a claim as the most regulated of all poetic forms. Either sonnet must consist of 14 lines of iambic pentameter, though the organization and rhyming patterns of these 14 lines vary between the two.

On the opposite end of the poetic spectrum are free verse poems, which do not adhere to any semblance of meter or rhyme. While free verse poems often imitate the cadence of natural speech, any resulting pattern of sound is entirely coincidental. Free verse has been experimented with by a large number of poets over the years, though the works of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound rank among the most popular examples of the form.

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