Just a Sad Excuse for a Poet

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"Blank verse is unrhymed iambic pentameter; that is, it containis five feet per line, each foot consisting of an unstressed followed by a stress syllable." (Hamilton 234)

I used to think that blank verse was just an excuse for a poet who couldn't rhyme. How could you call it poetry if it didn't rhyme and have that sing-song flow to it? Finally, in my senior year of high school, I was able to appreciate how powerful blank verse could be. Although it doesn't rhyme, it still has a flow to it and has just as much meaning (and sometimes even more) than a poem that does rhyme. I still tend to favor poems that rhyme, but I don't look down upon blank verse as a product of an untalented poet anymore.

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