For [the New Poets] poetic form was unimportant and they believed that the strict metres were unsuitable for the expression of great thoughts; it was the message and the sublimity of the content that mattered. Alas, the message of the New Poet was often far from clear: his work was vitiated by verbosity and empty rhetoric, by which means he sought to ask unanswerable questions about the meaning of Life and the essence of the Universe.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Free verse: a warning from history
The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (1986):