Definition of blank verse in US English:

blank verse


  • Verse without rhyme, especially that which uses iambic pentameter.

    • ‘He tabulated the total number of lines of blank verse, rhymed verse, and prose in each play, along with short and long lines, and lines with redundant syllables.’
    • ‘And so we study Shakespeare for the plot, and not for the incredible way in which he mastered writing and managed to write his plays in blank verse?’
    • ‘She's written the screenplay in rhyming blank verse, a daring choice that's bound to offend critics hooked on ‘realism.’’
    • ‘I wrote poems, sonnets in blank verse and long, narrative poems about people I knew, descriptive pieces.’
    • ‘I wrote a kind of heroic Shakespearean text in blank verse and rhyme about the city's history.’


blank verse

/ˈˌblaNGk ˈvərs//ˈˌblæŋk ˈvərs/