Blank Verse

Entertainment / Literature / Blank Verse: (also called unrhymed iambic pentameter) Unrhymed lines of ten syllables each with the even-numbered syllables bearing the accents. Blank verse has been called the most 'natural' verse form for dramatic works, since it supposedly is the verse form most close to natural rhythms of English speech, and it has been the primary verse form of English drama and narrative poetry since the mid-sixteenth Century. Such verse is blank in rhyme only, it usually has a definite meter. (Variations in this meter may appear occasionally.) The Earl of Surrey first used the term 'blank verse' in his 1540 translation of The Aeneid of Virgil. As an example, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Theseus' speech to Hippolyta appears in blank verse: The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven, And, as imagination bodies forth, The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen, Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing, A local habitation and a name. (5.1.12-17)

Other Words for Blank

Blank Noun Synonyms: space, line, box
Blank Adjective Synonyms: empty, plain, bare

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