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Blank Verse

Blank Verse poetry was popularized by Milton and perfected by Shakespeare.

Guidelines for writing a blank verse poem include:

  • A fixed metrical pattern. Iambic pentameter is most often used; however, an occasional metrical substitution, including feminine verse is permitted;

  • End-line rhymes, either true, identical or proximate (slant) are not permitted;

  • Internal-line rhymes, either true, identical or proximate (slant) are not permitted. Blank Verse is a flexible form and many poetic forms can be adapted to it. It is well known for use in dramatic and narrative poetry.


    The Fortune Teller

    She reads the lines of palms for golden coins
    Her ears hold hoops of silver, brass and beads
    That fall below her raven hair in curls
    And pouty lips of ruby red demand

    The patron's secrets speak in whispered words
    A ring of truth surrounds the lie she tells
    That prompts the woolen man and linen girls
    To seek her sultry voice that calms the heart
    A crystal ball, a deck of cards, her trade
    And gypsy eyes of blackened hues are sage
    At times the tale she weaves becomes a fact
    Despite the warning signs the wary keep

    Her fingers finely etch the promise sought
    By soft or calloused hands that open wide

    With polished nails she strokes her velvet skirt
    Her dress is opulent with swirls and pleats
    Aromatic scents that float on streams of air
    Like wisps of breath in passion's dream of sighs

    Exotic candle light that softly glows
    Completes the mystical look promised here
    Her subtle movements stun and haunt the mind
    They hypnotize her public night and day

    While hearing echoes caused by twists with turns
    A lesson taught by blood and blade now passed
    - written by cheyennewy

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