heroic verse


Definition of heroic verse

1 : dactylic hexameter especially of epic verse of classical times

called also heroic meter

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

called also heroic line, heroic meter

First Known Use of heroic verse

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heroic verse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heroic%20verse. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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