Verbless poetry

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Verbless poetry is a field of language arts which deals with creating poems without verbs.[1]


The verbless poem creates a sense of arrested moment [2] and is therefore especially appropriate to Haiku and Imagism poetic forms.

The very essence of Verbless poetry has been described as 'poetry without any dress, without ornament'.[3]

Ezra Pound's 'In a Station of the Metro', a fourteen word poem, is an example thereof. Other examples are the impressionistic word pictures 'Storm in the evening sky' (1842) and 'Whisper, timid breathing' (1850) lyrical verbless poems of Afanasy Fet.[4]

Otto Jespersen in his writings on the topic considered the lack of verbs gave 'a very definite impression of movement'.[5]

See also


  1. "From A Poet's Glossary: Verbless Poetry | Academy of American Poets". Retrieved 2015-12-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Hirsch Edward 'A Poet's Glossary' Houghton Mifflin ,London 2014 ISBN 9780151011957
  3. Hearn, Lafcadio 'Lecture' Imperial University, Tokyo, Japan
  4. Hirsch, Edward 'A Poet's Glossary', Houghton Mifflin London 2012 ISBN 9780151011957
  5. Jespersen, Otto, 'Role of the Verb, Selected Writings '1912 ISBN 9780203857199

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