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Blank verse

Blank verse is a type of poetry, distinguished by having metre, but no rhyme. The type of meter is usually iambic pentameter.

The first known use of blank verse in the English language was by Henry Howard, Earl of Arundel and Surrey in his interpretation of the Æneid (c. 1554). He was likely inspired by the Italian verse form of versi sciolti, which contained no rhyme.

Blank verse is most associated with William Shakespeare, who wrote much of the content of his plays in unrhymed iambic pentameter.

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