heroic couplet heroic couplet

Definition(s):

  • (n) a couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentameter and written in an elevated style

Usage(s):

  1. Alexander Pope left his own question unanswered, but a second look at his heroic couplet suggests that the Age of Reason, of which Pope was the prime English poetic voice, was .
  2. At the approach of the 18th century, John Dryden offered Virgil as a master of the heroic couplet: "Arms, and the man I sing, who, forced by Fate, And haughty Juno's unrelenting .
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