Essay on Free Verse By Robert Graves

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I chose the poem “Free Verse” by Robert Graves to display an example of free verse. Robert Graves was born in 1895 and died at the age of 90 in 1985. Graves was born in Wimbledon, near London. He was raised in an upper middle-class, patriotic, educated and strict household. Graves enlisted into the military at the onset of World War 1 and fought on the front lines, where he was severely injured. He developed an early reputation as a war poet using his front line experiences to develop realistic war poetry. He also suffered from shell-shock due to his time spent on the front lines. Over the course of his life, he produced over 140 different works. He was known as a poet, novelist, critic and classicist. He was also a prominent translator of classical Greek and Latin texts. He is most famously known for being the author of I, Claudius and Claudius the God. He is equally as famous for his autobiography, “Goodbye to all that”. Graves married twice to Nancy Nicholson and Beryl Pritchard. He achieved fame in his lifetime unlike many other poets.
“Free Verse” was written by Robert Graves in 1918. Free verse is a literary device that can be defined as poetry that is free from the limitations of regular meter or rhythm and does not rhyme with fixed forms. Free verse gives poets a wider range of words to choose from to convey their feelings because they are released from the restrictive binds of meter and rhythm. The poet is able to assemble the poem however they see fit, allowing…

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