heroic couplet

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a couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentameter and written in an elevated style

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In 1808, Hemans, then Felicia Browne, launched her prodigious writing career with a 622-line occasional poem in heroic couplets directly responding to the Spanish resistance to Napoleon's invasion of Spain earlier that year.
This is not a book about the larger aspects of form or genre, although sonnet, blank verse, and heroic couplet come under consideration.
The topics include blank verse, the heroic couplet, the use of rhyme and half-rhyme, sprung verse, and syllabic verse, followed by a very stem chapter on free verse, usefully dividing it into free blank verse, cadenced verse, and true free verse, but warning that accomplished use of the last is a skill beyond many.
Dryden in particular employed the heroic couplet (two rhyming lines of iambic pentameter), which was well adapted to witty and pungent statement.
The heroic couplet merges perfectly with the epic devices in the poem.
The heroic couplet is not the most popular measure certainly--but as I did not deviate into the other from a wish to flatter what is called public opinion--I shall quit it without further apology & take my chance once more with that versification in which I have hitherto published nothing but compositions whose former circulation is part of my present & future regret.
He connects Pope's 'equipoise' in the handling of the heroic couplet with the symmetrical subdivisions common in contemporary architecture (in the stairs at Chiswick House, for example).
Although the verse often has all the false clangor of the heroic couplet at its worst, this very clangor at moments greatly heightens the burlesque of the poem.
He usually chose such familiar media as the ballad, the octosyllabic couplet, and the heroic couplet, although he also wrote blank verse and sonnets with great skill.
The neoclassical rules of the 17th and 18th centuries in England required that the heroic couplet express a complete thought and allowed no enjambment between the lines; it was a " closed " couplet.
The preeminent English couplet is the heroic couplet, two rhyming lines of iambic pentameter with a caesura (pause), usually in the middle of each line.
He is called the last of the Augustan poets because he followed John Dryden, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson in using the heroic couplet.
In this poem, Goldsmith uses the heroic couplet, a form generally ignored by other poets of his generation.
This is the first known English use of the decasyllabic couplet, which Chaucer then used for most of the Canterbury Tales and which evolved into the heroic couplet.