Over many years, the popularity of free verse poetry has grown as more and more individuals make their attempts to enter the vast and competitive kingdom of poetry. Perhaps another reason for this is how easy it is for anyone of any age to grab a pen or pencil and jot down a few words that have emotional inspiration. However, as the courts of the poetry castle continue to grow, some of the classical structured forms could find their way down to the dungeon of unwanted verse.
Free verse should not be misinterpreted as the horrible evil cousin of structured poetry. There have been many great poets who have mastered this style such as T.S. Eliot and Hart Crane. But what has happened to the structure that so many classic poets followed? Has anyone written or published a Villanelle since Dylan Thomas? Perhaps many have but none have been overly popular. Because of its size, poetry publication is a very competitive