heroic verse


: dactylic hexameter especially of epic verse of classical times

called also heroic meter

: the iambic pentameter used especially in English epic poetry during the 17th and 18th centuries

called also heroic line, heroic meter

Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of heroic verse was in 1586

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“Heroic verse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heroic%20verse. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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