blank verse


blank verse

noun

: poetry that is not rhymed but that has a regular rhythm

Full Definition of BLANK VERSE

:  unrhymed verse; specifically :  unrhymed iambic pentameter verse

Examples of BLANK VERSE

  1. the blank verse of Shakespeare and Milton

First Known Use of BLANK VERSE

1588

blank verse

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Unrhymed verse, specifically unrhymed iambic pentameter, the preeminent dramatic and narrative verse form in English. It is also the standard form for dramatic verse in Italian and German. Adapted from Greek and Latin sources, it was introduced in Italy, then in England, where in the 16th century William Shakespeare transformed blank verse into a vehicle for the greatest English dramatic poetry, and its potential for grandeur was confirmed with John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667).

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