blank verse

Unrhymed verse, specifically unrhymed iambic pentameter, the preeminent dramatic and narrative verse form in English. It is also the standard form for dramatic verse in Italian and German. Adapted from Greek and Latin sources, it was introduced in Italy, then in England, where in the 16th century William Shakespeare transformed blank verse into a vehicle for the greatest English dramatic poetry, and its potential for grandeur was confirmed with John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667).

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There are a number of uses for the word blank:

  • the URL interpreted by most web browsers as the command to display a blank HTML document
  • Blank (cartridge) a type of gun cartridge that contains gunpowder but no bullet or shot.
  • Key blank, an uncut key
  • Blank (solution), a solution containing no analyte, typically used to zero an analytical instrument and ensure that any reagents used do not contribute to overall measurements
  • Blank (archeology) a thick, shaped stone biface of suitable size and configuration for refining into a stone tool
  • Blank (Scrabble) a Scrabble tile that does not have a letter on it and can be substituted for any letter the player desires
  • Blank (computer science) another name for the space character (SP)
  • A cultural subgroup seeking anonynmity in a database society, from the TV series Max Headroom.
  • "Blank", a song by Eyehategod from the album Take as Needed for Pain

See also Blank (surname)

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