blank verse


: unrhymed verse
specifically : unrhymed iambic pentameter verse

Example Sentences

the blank verse of Shakespeare and Milton
Recent Examples on the Web Through a stylish mix of prose, blank verse and illustrations, Last on His Feet captures these tensions with unsparing poignancy. Brandon Tensley, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 Murder and mayhem without the blank verse. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 The blank verse brings vim to the proceedings, but there’s nothing in Trump, real or imagined, that could match Charles’ hubristic, bone-crushing personal tragedy. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2022 Taking precedence over encomiums and recitations, costumes and nostalgia is the book itself, 710 pages of inner monologue and dialogue, stream of consciousness, blank verse, Greek classics and the venues and byways of Dublin, 1904. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 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,, 4 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blank verse was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Blank verse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

blank verse

: unrhymed verse
especially : unrhymed iambic pentameter verse

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