Meaning of “blank verse” in the English Dictionary

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"blank verse" in British English

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blank versenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌblæŋk ˈvɜːs/ us /ˌblæŋk ˈvɝːs/

Examples from literature

  • Each of these four scenes is in dialogue, the first three in blank verse, the last in prose. 
  • His views upon blank verse were shared by Johnson and Gray. 
  • Spanish blank verse is not unknown, but has never been cultivated with great success. 
  • The poem is full of colour, but the blank verse is somewhat heavy in movement. 
  • Three kinds of blank verse are known in English literature,—lyric, narrative, and dramatic. 

(Definition of “blank verse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blank verse" in American English

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blank versenoun [ U ]

us /ˈblæŋk ˈvɜrs/

literature a style of writing poems without using rhyme (= words that end with the same sound)

(Definition of “blank verse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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