Poetry : The Blank Verse and I

I have always been mesmerized by old poems. I like the rhythm and the sound of their undulating meters – especially the blank verse.

According to Poetry.org and I quote:

“Blank Verse is Poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Blank verse is often unobtrusive and the iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of ordinary speech. William Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.”


An iambic pentameter on the other hand, is composed of penta (five) iambs ( one unstressed followed by a stressed syllable). There are variations too, but I won’t get into that as it is a lengthy topic.

This drawing is from Francis Scudellari of Caught in the Stream, a brilliant artist and poet. You should hop over to his site and read his poems on a variety of topics. While you’re there, you could also click on a link which sells Zazzle T-shirts with his drawings emblazoned on the t-shirt’s front portion.

Here is my input for blank verse. I’ll probably edit this every time I re-read it (if I would have time) lol. Francis’ poems are of course – superb. I hope my attempt would be passable to him…lol…

Layered Walls

The sun ablaze in all its shining crown,

has tendered all the love that I have owned.

I looked up to the sky and plead in vain,

but rain poured down and drowned my cries of pain.

I am as sturdy now and cold as ice,

The layered walls I built around abound.

the memories are gone and in there lies,

a gelid heart that only I have found.

But drifting slowly, I now realized.

The loaded wings now have to take the flight,

And flutter ’til the bird has sang and flown,

a final blow to my granite tombstone.


There is another type which I prefer because of its brevity. It is called the “Cinquain”. This is composed of five lines only. According to “Poem of Quotes”


“Line 1 has one word (the title). Line 2 has two words that describe the title. Line 3 has three words that tell the action. Line 4 has four words that express the feeling, and line 5 has one word which recalls the title.”


The following is my attempt to write a Cinquain.


Thick walls,

atop each other,

Numbness, detachment, hatred, grief


12 thoughts on “Poetry : The Blank Verse and I”

  1. Hi Jena,
    It’s a natural human mechanism to build walls after some painful life experiences. But we hope, in time, that those walls will eventually come down. We can’t go on forever, shielding ourselves in hopes of protecting our fragile hearts and souls. Be brave, my friend, and take the plunge. Let your unbound wings take you to new heights, as your heart sings with joy and gladness. I’m glad you found the strength again to live and fly again.

    I hope I understood your poem correctly.

    Good Luck,

  2. I do love the rhythm of the iambic pentameter, and you have it to a T. Both poems look pretty good to me, as professional as they come.

    I have also met many poems labelled blank verse that don’t follow this rhythm. But I like to feel some kind of rhythm in poetry, otherwise I find it awkward and don’t see the point of placing the words in stanzas.

  3. You write pretty well Jena, I came across your blog through Ken Armstrong’s site… will definitely be back to read more of your entries.
    God Bless!

  4. Hi Tasha,

    You’re right, walls should be blasted to kingdom come …lol…but still…layer by layer perhaps…I can never allow all those layers of everything and anything be brought down for good. But it’s truly heavenly to be able to fly through writing. God bless you girl.

    Hi Jakill,

    Thanks Jean, I’m always anxious to read your comment. lol…I’m trying to do my best. I know I can still improve. Thanks to you and all my blogger friends they have been most helpful. Thanks for your input with the short story. Take care and happy blog hopping.

    Hi Basti,

    Ahh, our good friend Ken. He deserves the to be My favorite blogger. I hope you enjoyed your brief visit here. Come again.
    God bless.

  5. Much more than passable Jena :). I am also a big fan of iambic pentameter, and studied Shakespeare quite a lot. I really enjoyed the cinquain very much too, and I wasn’t familiar with that form. Thanks for all the lovely links and comments, they mean a lot to me.

  6. Hi Francis,

    I’m glad you find it more than passable. That means a lot to me too.

    I would love to read how you’ll compose a cinquain.

    Best regards.

  7. Hi Jen,
    I finally understood what you wanted me to do! Told you I was new here! I got lost!
    Since I don’t know much about the types of poetry, I also googled for more information. Found out more than what I wanted. And I think I need a refresher course about poetry.
    I like the first poem, “Layered walls.” I think I felt the emotions of the writer. But learning which words are iambs and which are not would take some time. I don’t know which one is stressed and which isn’t. If I were to make such poem, I might make one that would be ten syllables but the “da-DUM” part would be ruined! LOL!
    I think I’m inspired to make a Cinquain. Short. Creative! You can’t miss one as long as you understand what each line is supposed to be. Just like what would be used in Angels and Demons! Or in deciphering a code.He he he! Made me want to try. I would like to hear from you as I make a sample. Will e-mail you!


  8. Hi Zorlone,

    Thanks for that comprehensive input…glad you were able to drop by and give some insights.

    Hi Nilz,

    Thanks for those generous words. I appreciate your coming all the way from Mylot to here.

    Happy blogging to both of you.

  9. What fascinates my is that there are emotions and experiences which creep out in your poetry which do not reveal themselves (to me anyway) in your other writings.

    Perhaps this is a sign of the poet – when that which must remain unspoken in the world can be released in the world of poetic expression.

    Well done.

  10. Hi Ken,

    I always look forward to your visits. You’re so busy nowadays with your multifarious engagements. Way to go, my dear friend. I’m sure hollywood is just around the corner. I’m rooting for you.

    Thanks for taking time out to read my post and for the encouragement. God bless.

  11. hahaha this “Cinquain” made my day last 1st year collage, i just remember that day becoz, i’m only one in the class submitted “Cinquain” to our teacher.. hehehe


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