B is for Blank Verse


B is also for STILL BEHIND, but I’m working on that.

Our next poetic term is…

Blank Verse

“Unrhyming iambic pentameter, also called heroic verse. This 10-syllable line is the predominant rhythm of traditional English dramatic and epic poetry, as it is considered the closest to English speech patterns.

Source – http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/glossary-terms

For a college-level example of blank verse, check out the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe, or Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Anyone know of any examples of blank verse in kid lit land? I found plenty of iambic pentameter in picture books, but none that weren’t also in rhyme.


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