Member Rara Avis
America the beautiful
It does not seem to me that free verse is hated-but then, I don't write in said style, so maybe I haven't noticed. While I don't like to write it and admittedly it is harder for me to read (I don't know the reason) it can be every bit as insightful and emotional as a rhyming piece.
The reason I said "can be" in the above paragraph is this reason: Both styles, rhyme and free verse, can be nonsensical, hard-to-understand poetry. A poem I read (not posted in any of these forums, please note) had rhyme and meter (well, it kind of had a meter). However this poem, albeit a rhyming one, didn't make much sense to me. It had been written about a certain person the author knew, and to me it seemed that the author had contradicting feelings on this person. In one stanza, the subject of the poem was the villain, in the middle two they were made to sound just an innocent, hurting soul, and in the last stanza, the person was once again the villain. I was confused, and while I am aware that it is possible for someone to have fluctuating emotions (heaven knows I've felt that way enough!), parts of it made absolutely no sense to me.
I guess what I'm trying to say is: it is not free verse that gets to me. It's what Ron calls "careless poetry". That's a very aptly coined phrase. There are some free-verse poems that are better than some rhyming ones, and vice versa. So don't feel bad, Ladycat. I don't hate you or your poems! I do prefer to write rhyming poetry, and I don't think there is "too much" of either style. I will never get "tired" of rhyming poetry as was suggested in the "Feelings" forum, and I'm not especially sick of free verse either.
Well, thanks in advance to all of those who listened to these reamblings of mine.