- 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.
Origin of heroic couplet
First recorded in 1900–05
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- prosody a verse form consisting of two rhyming lines in iambic pentameter