Re: Is loss of meter in poetry "decay"?
That's a fair point. Among the 20th century poets, you can find shorter narratives in metre in Kipling, Masefield, Hardy, Graves, Frost, and Ransom; but the longer narratives tend to be in free verse, e.g. Williams' Paterson, Pound's Cantos.
Originally Posted by Frank Antonson
(I should have said: the longer narratives that still attract significant attention. E.A. Robinson produced several lengthy metrical Arthurian poems, for example, but I don't think they are much read these days.)
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