Tags4 lines or multiple 8 lines 10 lines 12 lines 16 lines abab Allpoetry Berg centered couplet formulaic French haiku iambic iambic pentameter iambic tetrameter iambic trimeter internal rhyme Irish isosyllabic isosyllabic 8 line length optional meter none meter optional mono-rhyme Newman octave Pathways PoetName poetry forms quatrain quatrains refrain rhymed rhyme optional sestet Smith Spanish stanzaic syllabic tetrameter unrhymed Van Gorder Weatherford Welsh
Blank Verse is different from Free Verse in that a consistent recognizable meter is required.
End-rhyme is NOT permitted.
It is stanzaic with stanzas of any length and number.
Generally it is written in Iambic Pentameter.
The following autologic poem by Ruth Poteet, aka Reason on Allpoety shows all you need to know to pen this form.
Pentameter is normal for blank verse
which simply means ten syllables per line.
It does not rhyme which makes it more relaxed.
You write as many stanzas as you like.
The best examples are iambic verse –
where even-numbered syllables are stressed,
but any steady rhythm will suffice
as long as rhyme is missing from the piece.
© Reason – February, 2013