What Are Some Famous Blank Verse Poems?

Blank verse poetry was introduced in 1540 by the Earl of Surrey. Poets such as Shakespeare, John Donne and John Keats have used it. John Milton's "Paradise Lost" is one of the most famous blank verse poems in English literature. The full-length epic poem closely adheres to the iambic pentameter meter and does not rhyme. The poem is divided into twelve books.

Wallace Steven's "Sunday Morning" is another canonized blank verse poem. Stevens also wrote "The Idea of Order at Key West" in blank verse.

Robert Frost wrote "Mending Walls" in blank verse. Frost adheres to the iambic pentameter meter in all of the lines except for the first line, which is written in trochaic pentameter. Frost's "Birches" is written in blank verse. Blank verse pieces that have trochaic, anapestic and dactylic variations are common in this poetic form.

William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Christopher Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus" and Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses" are all written in blank verse. Oftentimes, blank verse is used to heighten dramatic poetry. The form closely mimics natural speech patterns, and it permits for rhythmic and metrical variations to help create musical effects.

Blank verse doesn't require a rhyme scheme, but it should adhere to the developed metrical pattern.