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    Blank Verse

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Sayso, Apr 19, 2007.

    Blank verse is poetry that has been written in unrhymed iambic pentameter (thats five feet, with a foot being an unstressed beat followed by a stressed beat).
    William Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.

    source:
    http://www.types-of-poetry.org.uk/07-blank-verse.htm

    A good example of blank verse is Robert Frosts 'Birches' poem. Here are the first few lines followed by a link to the rest.

    When I see birches bent to left and right
    Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
    I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
    But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay

    http://www.ketzle.com/frost/birches.htm

    Saying that though, it doesn't always have to be in that set meter. Others are acceptable to some.

    source:
    http://www.uni.edu/~gotera/CraftOfPoetry/blankverse.html

    The comment on Yoda half way down had me curled up!:D :D (Yoda I miss *sigh*)
     

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