Blank Verse: Definition and Examples


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What category of poetry is based on unrhymed lines and a definite meter?

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1. The number of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry is called _____.

2. The pattern of five sets of unstressed/stressed iambs is called _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet are designed to assess your understanding of what blank verse is and why it is used. You'll need to be familiar with terms relevant to poetry in general as well as to this particular form in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Category of poetry based on unrhymed lines and a defined meter
  • Term used to describe the number of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
  • Word used to describe the pattern of five sets of stressed/unstressed iambs
  • Ability to recognize the difference between free verse and blank verse
  • Total number of syllables found in a line of iambic pentameter

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as meter and iambic pentameter
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast blank and free verse
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding examples of blank verse

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Blank Verse: Definition and Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define blank verse and meter
  • Inform the reader what iambic pentameter is
  • Provide examples of blank verse used in plays and poems
  • Explain how blank verse is different from free verse
  • Give reasons why blank verse might be used