I was reading a book and in that it was written

Shakespeare has used this poetic form (the blank verse) skillfully in his dramas because it is closest to the natural rhythms of English speech, and can be adopted to various levels of discourse.

A simple Google search showed me that blank verse can be composed in any meter and with any amount of feet per line. The four standard feet for blank verse are

  • iamb
  • trochee
  • anapest
  • dactyl

Out of these the iamb is generally the predominant foot.

But how is it closest to the natural rhythms of English speech?

  • What the book means by blank verse is probably unrhymed iambic pentameter.
    – Peter Shor
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 15:39
  • Another question that addresses how iambic pentameter is closest to the rhythms of English speech is this one
    – verbose
    Commented Feb 14, 2021 at 2:26


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