blank verse

noun
unrhymed verse, especially the unrhymed iambic pentameter most frequently used in English dramatic, epic, and reflective verse.

Origin:
1580–90

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blank verse
 
n
prosody unrhymed verse, esp in iambic pentameters

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blank verse
1580s; the thing itself is attested in English poetry from mid-16c. and is classical in origin.
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blank verse definition


Verse written in iambic pentameter, without rhyme. Many of the speeches in the plays of William Shakespeare are written in blank verse; this example is from Macbeth:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
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Example sentences
The book helps writers learn aspects of creating sonnets, ballads, blank verse
  and other forms of poetry with clear explanation.
She has used blank verse, primarily: unrhymed iambic pentameter.
The verse, still of the same general character, is settling down towards blank
  verse only and that blank verse free.
His long poems, whether in blank verse or rimed measures, soon become
  monotonous and tedious.
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