heroic stanza


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heroic quatrain

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heroic stanza

n
(Poetry) a quatrain having the rhyme scheme a b a b
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Noun1.heroic stanza - a quatrain consisting of two heroic couplets written in an elevated style; the rhyme scheme is abab
quatrain - a stanza of four lines
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The older and more general term for this is heroic stanza, but the form became associated specifically with elegiac poetry when Thomas Gray used it to perfection in An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard (1751).