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blank verse

It is written in blank verse.
  unrhymed poetry with a consistent metrical pattern
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Shakespeare’s plays are largely in blank verse. Here is an example from his The Merchant of Venice:

The quality of mercy is not strain’d.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath; it is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
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  • It is written in blank verse.
  • Echoes of my college dissertation rattled about in my head with the filing-card rhythm of scholarly blank verse.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • For the age of Dryden and Pope the rhyming couplet was the only candidate, but the couplet fell from favor and the blank verse of Paradise Lost came to be recognized as the English heroic measure.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But then Shakespeare has no rhymes: blank verse.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • Fitzgerald has fixed on blank verse as his meter.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Nay, then, God be wi’ you, an you talk in blank verse.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • He that plays the king shall be welcome,—his majesty shall have tribute of me; the adventurous knight shall use his foil and target; the lover shall not sigh gratis; the humorous man shall end his part in peace; the clown shall make those laugh whose lungs are tickle o’ the sere; and the lady shall say her mind freely, or the blank verse shall halt for’t.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • You mean I can keep in the blank verse this time?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • ] The god of love, That sits above, And knows me, and knows me, How pitiful I deserve,— I mean, in singing: but in loving, Leander the good swimmer, Troilus the first employer of panders, and a whole book full of these quondam carpet-mongers, whose names yet run smoothly in the even road of a blank verse, why, they were never so truly turned over and over as my poor self in love.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • It plays, as Metzger remarked later, like a Road Runner cartoon in blank verse.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49

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  • Blank verse, I’d say," Rod suggested.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Shakespeare may have consulted Chapman for his Troilus and Cressida (1602?), which animated Iliadic scenes and characters in a gorgeous, Latinate blank verse that set an example for Milton.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • English blank verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter, was developed from Italian models in the sixteenth century and used for epic in Henry Howard’s translations from The Aeneid of 1539-46.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Fitzgerald’s stricter blank verse goes back beyond the Romantics, but he does not want to return to Milton’s sublime language, which is more Latinate and tinged with Virgilian complexity than Homer’s.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Fitzgerald’s blank verse seeks to sound traditional, avoiding the freer scansions that unrhymed pentameter took on in the nineteenth century when it was adapted for meditative poetry by Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Browning.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He trembles and cannot speak, only stutter, in what may be the shortest line ever written in blank verse: "T-t-t-t-t " As if breaking out of some dream’s paralysis, he begins, each step an effort, to retreat.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
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Associated words [difficulty]:   blank verse [8] , sonnet [3] , iambic pentameter [7] , free verse [9]
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