Blank Verse

Blank verse is the technical name for unrhymed iambic pentameter — i.e., verse of five feet per line, with the stress on the second beat of each foot. It's one of the most common kinds of verse in English: many passages of Shakespeare's plays are in blank verse, as is Milton's Paradise Lost and Wordsworth's Prelude.

Under no circumstances should you confuse blank verse with free verse.


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