- unrhymed verse, especially the unrhymed iambic pentameter most frequently used in English dramatic, epic, and reflective verse.
Origin of blank verse
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for blank verse
Society at the time of the discovery of the blank-verse Indian of America was crude.
At the moment I am most of all interested in my blank-verse tragedy.William Sharp (Fiona Macleod)
Elizabeth A. Sharp
Martin recollected his blank-verse tragedy, and sent it instead.Martin Eden
He said that the name was in itself a great incentive to blank-verse.Seven Men
His antipathy to the country resembled his contempt for blank-verse—he could not enjoy it.
- prosody unrhymed verse, esp in iambic pentameters
Word Origin and History for blank verse
1580s; the thing itself is attested in English poetry from mid-16c. and is classical in origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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,
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