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.
On the other hand, recalling his previous experience with the heroic couplet in EBSR, he expresses "regret" for using the verse form to attack Walter Scott, for whom he has since expressed admiration.
The poet--who was by no means a simple atheist, but rather a hater oidoxa--has long factored into literary and philosophical considerations of these issues, beginning (after the Renaissance rediscovery of Lucretian ideas) with John Dryden's partial translation into heroic couplets.
It contains hundreds of heroic couplets and hundreds of heroic characters.
Changing forms from free verse to heroic couplets and other poetic devices as suits the story, She Alone encapsulates its nameless protagonist's struggle to find her own sense of place and identity in a rapidly evolving world.
John Dryden, who translated the poem into heroic couplets, gave a judgment--"the best poem by the best poet"--that is often cited.
Laetitia Yeandle and Julia Smith discovered Traherne's unfinished poem "The Ceremonial Law," filled with 1800 lines of heroic couplets.
Entries were traditionally written in heroic couplets, and "dramatic compositions" were not allowed.
What keeps Pope's satiric poetry alive is the energy of his writing: the vigor of his verbs, the surprises in his rhymes, his clever disruptions of parallelism, and the rhetorical dexterity that sets off his heroic couplets from almost anyone else's.