BOUND VERSE III
Why did the classic poets all confine
Themselves to rhyme and meter, line by line,
Whereas today the manner’s to be free
Of such restraints, now thought absurdity?
What “free-verse” poets do not understand
Is how exigencies one never planned
Provoke spontaneously new lines of thought
Revealing what one didn’t know one sought.
Relinquishing the motive of control
Aimed at some set premeditated goal—
But rather open to the vagaries
Of mind, compelled by the exigencies
Of rhyme, one finds an unexpected place
By what, when fortunately blessed, seems grace.