Blank Verse: |
Blank verse is composed of unrhymed lines of iambic
pentameter, which is five feet in which a stressed syllable
is followed by an unstressed syllable.
Blank verse is the standard for poetic drama. It was
used early on by the Earl of Surrey in 1540, and was first
used in an English play in 1563. Shortly after,
Shakespeare and Christopher Marlow began popularizing
the form in their groundbreaking plays. John Milton also
used it in the mid 1600ís in his famous Paradise Lost.
Since then famous poets from William Wordsworth to
Robert Frost have used the form.