The blank verse is a poem that doesn’t use a rhyming pattern. The reading pattern can be compared to a heartbeat by putting stress on the even numbered syllable of the line. About three out of four English poems are in blank verse. Thomas Norton’s Gorboduc is the first English play that to use blank verse in 1561. Christopher Marlowe, an English poet and playwright as well as an influencer of William Shakespeare, wrote plays known for using blank verse.
- Follows an iambic pentameter (iambic being two syllables and pentameter being five feet which two syllables is a foot) where each line uses 10 syllables.
- Uses an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.
- Faustus, Second Edition: Based on the A Text DB040014
- Under The Early Morning Trees: Poems DB013535