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heroic verse

a form of verse adapted to the treatment of heroic or exalted themes: in classical poetry, dactylic hexameter; in English and German, iambic pentameter; and in French, the Alexandrine. An example of heroic verse is
Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring / Of woes unnumbered, heavenly goddess, sing!
Origin of heroic verse
First recorded in 1610-20 Unabridged
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  • It is written in the stanza of eight, which is their measure for heroic verse.

  • Campion and Atkinson have rendered a part of it into English heroic verse.

  • An example inimitable indeed, but which no writer of English heroic verse without rhyme can neglect with impunity.

  • A similar uniform character is exhibited by the heroic verse of most of the poets of the eighteenth century.

  • Hence no one has ever composed a poem on a great scale in any other than heroic verse.

    Poetics Aristotle
  • The versification is the finest in its style that English literature had yet seen, the perfection of heroic verse.

    The Age of Dryden Richard Garnett
  • After Dryden returned to blank verse for dramatic writing, heroic verse ceased to be employed for this purpose.

  • About the year 330, Juvencus, a Spaniard, wrote the evangelical history in heroic verse.

  • As the ancient heroes were at least six feet high, this is probably the reason why it is also called an heroic verse.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • Restraining Paddy and Bottles, who each wished to reply in heroic verse to this sally, I stepped to the door.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for heroic verse

heroic verse

(prosody) a type of verse suitable for epic or heroic subjects, such as the classical hexameter, the French Alexandrine, or the English iambic pentameter
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