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
Recent Examples on the Web The book received plenty of praise, but many critics missed the point, describing Betts’s work as raw and gritty, when the title poem is entirely in blank verse — unrhymed iambic pentameter. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 This month, the recommendations include a long novel told in blank verse, Shakespeare plays turned into prose, a rollicking science fiction caper, and a bold memoir. Rochelle M. O’gorman, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Oct. 2020 Father Cardenal began writing poetry as a young man, tracing the tormented history of Nicaragua and Latin America as epics in blank verse. Elias E. Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2020 Father Cardenal began writing poetry as a young man, tracing the tormented history of Nicaragua and Latin America as epics in blank verse. Elias E. Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2020 Father Cardenal began writing poetry as a young man, tracing the tormented history of Nicaragua and Latin America as epics in blank verse. Elias E. Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2020 Father Cardenal began writing poetry as a young man, tracing the tormented history of Nicaragua and Latin America as epics in blank verse. Elias E. Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2020 Father Cardenal began writing poetry as a young man, tracing the tormented history of Nicaragua and Latin America as epics in blank verse. Elias E. Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2020 Father Cardenal began writing poetry as a young man, tracing the tormented history of Nicaragua and Latin America as epics in blank verse. Elias E. Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of blank verse

1588, in the meaning defined above

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“Blank verse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blank%20verse. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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