Originally Posted by chasedestroy
Hah! I did learn (and wrote) alot of Haiku. One of my best teachers was a swedish/english teacher, who encouraged and pushed me to write. Thanks to him I wrote alot of free form poems aswell, very much inspired by beatniks like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
But I use 5,7,5,7 or 7,5,7,5 (and other measures) in verse/chorus/middle8/etc aswell. That way, if you have one verse that works, you have a form to write the rest of the verses by.