Quatrains and free verse about the struggle, tortures, the unbroken spirit, love of friends who had died for the cause.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
They told him in all earnestness that he had a mind like Shelley’s, and featured his ultrafree free verse and prose poetry in the Nassau Literary Magazine.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- This Side of Paradise
II She had left a city which sat up nights to talk of universal transition; of European revolution, guild socialism, free verse.
Sinclair Lewis -- Main Street
Feeling for the first time that I could speak to listening ears, I wrote a wild, crude poem in free verse, coining images of black hands playing, working, holding bayonets, stiffening finally in death …. I read it and felt that in a clumsy way it linked white life with black, merged two streams of common experience.
Richard Wright -- Black Boy
Tom produced a folded paper from his pocket and read aloud, pausing at intervals so that Amory could see that it was free verse: "So Walter Arensberg, Alfred Kreymborg, Carl Sandburg, Louis Untermeyer, Eunice Tietjens, Clara Shanafelt, James Oppenheim, Maxwell Bodenheim, Richard Glaenzer, Scharmel Iris, Conrad Aiken, I place your names here So that you may live If only as names, Sinuous, mauve-colored names, In the Juvenalia Of my collected editions."