What Charles Eliot Norton said of Walt Whitman’s poetry in 1855 was as obvious then as it was to me ninety-five years later in 1950, when I was sixteen and in high school, and as it still is today: that Whitman wrote prose poems. He had never heard of “free verse” which was a term circulated in America after 1912 (Whitman had died twnty years earlier) by the Modernists because they thought they needed a term that included the word “verse” in order to legitimize their practice. They did not – prose poetry is as old as poetry itself. Verse is metered language, prose is unmetered language. “Unmetered metered language,” “free” “verse” makes no sense at all.