heroic couplet


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heroic couplet

n.
A verse unit consisting of two rhymed lines in iambic pentameter.
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heroic couplet

n
(Poetry) prosody a verse form consisting of two rhyming lines in iambic pentameter
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hero′ic cou′plet


n.
a set of two rhymed lines of iambic pentameter.
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Noun1.heroic couplet - a couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentameter and written in an elevated style
couplet - a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
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heroic couplet

n (Poet) → Heroic Couplet nt, Reimpaar aus fünffüßigen Jamben
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References in classic literature ?
This is called the classical school, and the rime which the classical poets used is called the heroic couplet. It is a long ten-syllabled line, and rimes in couplets, as, for instance:--
Dryden did not invent the heroic couplet, but it was he who first made it famous.
It is not written in Dryden's favorite heroic couplet but in blank verse.
Chaudhry also posted a heroic couplet of Faiz Ahmad Faiz.
Kristmannsson's wide-ranging and passionate defence of Macpherson's place in the history of translation is not restricted to Ossian, but expands to make a compelling case for the poet who 'did away with the heroic couplet in Homeric translation'.
Marlowe's Elegies is notable as the first substantial vernacular translation of the Amores--moreover, the standard English translation until 1688--and the first extended use of the heroic couplet. One version was nevertheless ordered to be burnt by the bishops in 1599.
The last two lines of "heroic couplet" in which the speaker reflects on the ways in which her husband can die ultimately make us question the heroicism of war.
They handle it far more harshly and, alas, clumsily than did the master of the heroic couplet, but at least they have brought it to the fore once again.
Stephen Dobyns puts it this way: "Literature and music are sequential arts with their information coming to us incrementally out of the future." Like the heroic couplet at the end of the Venus and Adonis stanza (which Anne-Marie Thompson wields with absolute ease), or like a lover we haven't even met yet, or like music we didn't know we knew, significance is always there, waiting for us to catch up.
Repeated for pages on end, Ferdowsi's lines, each longer than an heroic couplet, breed longueurs, but Davis's carefully rendered snatches of the best classic Farsi poetry illuminate the English text like so many Persian miniatures.
The second chapter looks at Dryden's relationship to Denham and Waller in the use of the heroic couplet. The third chapter looks at the influence created by the Augustan aesthetic on other works while the final chapter looks at Dryden's translation of Homer, 'the culminating poetic achievement of English Augustan poetry'.
The "Age of Dryden," as it is known, is marked by an orderly aesthetics, a celebration of the return of monarchical order manifest both in form and content, the heroic couplet, and the return to Classical (pagan) texts.