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What is blank verse and where is an example of it in Romeo and Juliet?

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sdevon777 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 9, 2008 at 4:53 AM via web

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What is blank verse and where is an example of it in Romeo and Juliet?

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted May 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM (Answer #2)

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Blank verse is iambic pentameter without the rhyme.  The link below will give you an excellent explanation here at eNotes.

An example I found is the Prince's lines in Act 1, scene 1, where he says,

Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace,
Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel--
Will they not hear? What ho, you men, you beasts,
That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
With purple fountains issuing from your veins:

The iambic pentameter is still there, but the regular rhyme scheme of iambic pentameter is missing.

Check the link below for more information about blank verse!


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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 9, 2008 at 10:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Blank verse usually refers to unrhymed iambic pentameter. This is verse that is made up of lines that are ten syllables (or five "feet") long, with the syllables alternating between unaccented and accented. A famous example is Romeo's speech from Act II, Scene 2:

But, soft, what light through yon-der win-dow breaks?

It is the east, and Jul-iet is the sun.

A-rise, fair sun, and kill the en-vious moon,

Who is al-read-y sick and pale with grief

That thou her maid art far more fair than she.


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