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Lucie Brock-Broido Writing Styles in After Raphael

Lucie Brock-Broido
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Style

Free Verse

Free verse is written in a free style without the restraints of meter, rhythm, or rhyme. Lines may be of any length, contain complete or incomplete thoughts, and feature whatever structure the poet deems best for his or her purpose. In using free verse, many poets incorporate literary or structural devices as they see fit. Walt Whitman, for example, is known for his use of parallelism in his free verse.

In “After Raphael,” Brock-Broido depicts grief and the realization that can occur during it through free verse. “After Raphael” demonstrates how she creates a style that is natural without seeming undisciplined. Brock-Broido’s free verse in this poem is divided into irregular couplets, with the exceptions of lines 3 and 8, which stand alone for emphasis. Although Brock-Broido chooses to structure her poem this way, the structure is not arbitrary. Each couplet offers a...

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