While the traditional view of formal poetry includes a very strict rhyme scheme that must be adhered to, the free verse style popularized by the great Ezra Pound largely eschews rhyme schemes altogether, instead relying on the power of the words themselves to paint a vivid portrait of the poet’s feelings. Free verse has become so widely accepted by publishers of modern poetry, in fact, that some won’t even entertain submissions of formal poetry. These are ten of the reasons why it’s okay to break the traditional mold in your own poetry, opting instead for something a bit less rigid.
While free verse is more widely published and appreciated by many modern poetry publishers, it is still necessary for those attempting to emulate classical styles to work within the prescribed rhyme schemes, meter and structure of those styles. It’s certainly true that not all poems have to rhyme, but those who are striving for classical acceptance are still beholden to the formal rules.