Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Unrhymed verse having a regular meter, usually of iambic pentameter.

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  • n. A poetic form with regular meter, particularly iambic pentameter, but no fixed rhyme scheme.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Verse.
  • n. poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

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Examples

  • One of the Tales in this collection, The Confidant, was actually turned into a little drama in blank verse by Charles Lamb, under the changed title of The Wife's Trial: or the Intruding Widow.

    Crabbe

  • I wrote humorous verse, verse of all sorts from triolets and sonnets to blank verse tragedy and elephantine epics in Spenserian stanzas.

    Poems from the Dan Wichlan Collection

  • His Indian drama "Tecumseh," written in blank verse in lines imbued with the splendour of the early days, will always be a work of importance to Canadians.

    Canadian Cities of Romance

  • No reader, alert to the subtle and haunting music of rarefied blank verse (and unless it be rarefied it should not be put forward as poetry), could possibly accept these lines as expressionally poetical.

    Life of Robert Browning

  • Her most ambitious effort was a blank verse poem, Traits of the Aborigines of America

    A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature

  • Notable among his poetic endeavors in his versions in blank verse of Tasso's "Aminta".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • It may prove that what seem to us the regrettable accidents of Browning's genius are no malfortunate flaws, but as germane thereto as his Herculean ruggednesses are to Shakspere, as the laboured inversions of his blank verse are to Milton, as his austere concision is to Dante.

    Life of Robert Browning

  • His earlier comedies (1508-1509) are written in prose, his later (1520-1531) in verso sdrucciolo, blank verse ending in a dactyl, intended to reproduce the trimeter iambic of the Latin comedians.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

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