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noun Prosody.

a stanza consisting of two rhyming lines in iambic pentameter, especially one forming a rhetorical unit and written in an elevated style, as, Know then thyself, presume not God to scan / The proper study of Mankind is Man.

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Origin of heroic couplet

First recorded in 1900–05
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heroic couplet

noun

prosody a verse form consisting of two rhyming lines in iambic pentameter
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