Vers Libre
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
Literature which calls itself poetry, but follows none of the rules concerning regular rhythm, alliteration, assonance, or rime. There is a certain rhythmical quality to it, such as is also found in musical prose, and it usually employs more figurative language than does prose, but the main reason for calling it poetry is that it is written in lines.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
Literature which calls itself poetry, but follows none of the rules concerning regular rhythm, alliteration, rime, or assonance. There is a certain rhythmic quality to it, such as is also found in musical prose, and it usually employs more figurative language than does prose, but the main reason for calling it poetry is that it is written in lines. Some writers put such emphasis on the appearance on the page that they write poems like this:

Wail
saxaphoneswaft
u (vapour cloud miasma ) p
(seek the absent minded star)
cling the lingering last the ling
ering
fallsweep rush
and heark the tendril
sigh.