blank verse

noun

Definition of blank verse 

: unrhymed verse specifically : unrhymed iambic pentameter verse

Examples of blank verse in a Sentence

the blank verse of Shakespeare and Milton

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Frost was one of the greatest storytellers in blank verse. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Bryn Mawr alum wins prestigious Frost Farm poetry prize," 8 June 2018 His style ranged from rhyming couplets to haiku to blank verse, and his interests were as vast as his gifts for expressing them. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90," 4 Sep. 2017 His style ranged from rhyming couplets to haiku to blank verse, and his interests were as vast as his gifts for expressing them. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90," 4 Sep. 2017 His style ranged from rhyming couplets to haiku to blank verse, and his interests were as vast as his gifts for expressing them. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90," 4 Sep. 2017 His style ranged from rhyming couplets to haiku to blank verse, and his interests were as vast as his gifts for expressing them. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90," 4 Sep. 2017 His style ranged from rhyming couplets to haiku to blank verse, and his interests were as vast as his gifts for expressing them. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90," 4 Sep. 2017 His style ranged from rhyming couplets to haiku to blank verse, and his interests were as vast as his gifts for expressing them. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90," 4 Sep. 2017 His style ranged from rhyming couplets to haiku to blank verse, and his interests were as vast as his gifts for expressing them. Hillel Italie, chicagotribune.com, "John Ashbery, celebrated and challenging poet, dies at 90," 4 Sep. 2017

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1588, in the meaning defined above

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blank verse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blank verse

: poetry that does not rhyme but that has a regular rhythm

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