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Prose and Blank Verse

A description on what a Prose and a Blank Verse is

Gladwin Ho

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Prose and Blank Verse

Prose and Blank Verse Prose:
Prose is a type of writing which involves the continuous flow of words. It is a common literary device used in poetry and novel writing as it does not have a specific rhyme or rhythm. Blank Verse:
Blank Verse is the type of writing which
has a rhythm but does not rhyme. A Rhythm
is a pattern with a specific amount of beats
related to a movement, such as a dance or a
piece of music. Blank verse was developed in Italy and was used a lot during the Renaissance because it was a classical un-rhymed device. Blank verse was very popular among famous authors such as Shakespeare. Shakespeare normally uses a technique called 'iambic pentameter', this effect contains 10 syllables, 5 which are stressed and 5 which are not. Many novels, debate speeches, poems consists of proses. Any form of communication consists of a prose. This device is informal and is unusual to appear in a poem as it lacks the structure of a verse.Therefore it is mainly used in novels. Prose also refers to ordinary speech with no regular pattern of accentual rhythm. The lines of print extend from left to right margin. Standard rules of capitalization are followed: only proper nouns (names and place names), the pronoun "I" and the first letter of a new sentence are capitalized. An example of Prose in the Tempest:
Trinculo speaks when he bags on Caliban-
"I shall laugh myself to death at this puppy-headed monster. A most scurvy monster! I could find in my heart to beat him..." An "iamb" is an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one (sounds like da DUM). "Penta" means "five," and "meter" refers to a regular rhythmic pattern. So "iambic pentameter" is a kind of rhythmic pattern that consist of five iambs per line. It's the most common rhythm in English poetry and sounds like five heartbeats:

da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM A quote from the Tempest which is accented:
beSEECH you, SIR, be MErry. YOU have CAUSE,
so HAVE we ALL, of JOY; for OUR esCAPE.

da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM
Every second syllable is accented (stressed) this means it is classic iambic pentameter. Since the lines have no regular rhyme scheme, it suggests that an un-rhymed iambic pentameter is shown, which is also called a blank verse. Thank You
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