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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry French Verse Freie Verse, (French -vers libre) is rhymed metric lines of varying length used first in the 16th century, French Fables and commedies and Italian Madrigals. By the 18th century it found its way into German poetry but it is not to be confused with the German, Freie Rhythmen which is unrhymed. It may be the predecessor of the current Free Verse in which the line is the rule and meter and rhyme are uncommon. The elements of Freie Verse are: metered, quantitative verse , iambic or trochaic lines of uneven length. rhymed, rhyme