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Define blank verse. Then write two lines of your own in blank verse.

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Blank verse is quite simply poetry written with a standard meter but no specific rhyme scheme.  When someone listens to blank verse being read, it generally has a sing-song sound or recognizable rhythm.  Free verse, on the other hand, has no standard rhyme or meter (see Walt Whitman).

Shakespeare is often credited as the master of blank verse, and if you study any of his plays, the majority of each play (excluding prose portions to show common or low-class speech or couplets, etc.) is written in...

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