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  Restoration Drama
He took a semi-historical story, filled it with bombastic sentiments and strutting figures, producing what was known as "heroic drama." Dryden, who identified himself with this type of play, described it as concerned not with probabilities but with love and valor.
The more remote and unfamiliar the setting the better; and the speech should be suited to the action: hence the "heroic couplet." Pepys saw Guzman, by Orrery, and with his engaging frankness said it was as mean a thing as had been seen on the stage for a great while.
The heroes of the Restoration comedies were lively gentlemen of the city, profligates and loose livers, with a strong tendency to make love to their neighbors' wives.
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  Couplet - LoveToKnow 1911
COUPLET, a pair of lines of verse, which are welded together by an identity of rhyme.
This signification of the word couplet is not unknown in England, but it is not customary; it is probably used in a stricter and a more technical sense to describe a pair of rhymed lines, whether serious or merry.
That poem opens with the couplet: "A thousand times have I heard man tell That there is joy in heaven and pain in hell." This is an absolutely correct example of the heroic couplet, which ultimately reached such majesty in the hands of Dryden and such brilliancy in those of Pope.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Couplet   (369 words)

  
 HEROIC VERSE - Online Information article about HEROIC VERSE
blank verse from the distich, which was formed by the heroic couplet.
It is important to insist that it is the couplet, not the single line, which constitutes heroic verse.
history of versification as having passed on the tradition of the heroic couplet.
encyclopedia.jrank.org /HEG_HIG/HEROIC_VERSE.html   (911 words)

  
 §2. The Octosyllabic Couplet. XI. The Prosody of the Eighteenth Century. Vol. 11. The Period of the French ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The heroic couplet of Dryden, already sufficiently discussed, underwent, in the earliest years after Dryden’s death, changes which, considering the natural tendencies of humanity, may be called inevitable.
But the dangers of monotony and of convention remained; and, towards the end of the period, they were fatally illustrated in the dull insignificance of Hoole and the glittering frigidity of Darwin.
The octosyllabic couplet had been little practised by Dryden, though, when he tried it, he showed his usual mastery; and it evidently did not much appeal to Pope.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for couplet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
His rhymed couplet version of Virgil's Aeneid in Scots (1513) was the first translation of a classic into an English-based language.
He was one of the few to write in blank verse in an age when the heroic couplet was the standard form.
A young girl writes a spring couplet with the help of her grandfather...
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 Couplet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Heroic Couplet- two lines of iambic pentameter, also the last two lines of the English sonnet.
Poems whose content is melancholy or depressing, for example, can make good use of the couplet because--on the page--there is a lot of white space, emptiness, as opposed to writing in quatrains where the stanzas are blocks which limit the white space.
As well, because the couplet can be so small, it is a good idea to pack it full of image and emotion, like a hard punch packed in a tight space, very concentrated.
www.uni.edu /~gotera/CraftOfPoetry/couplet.html   (374 words)

  
 pathetic.org :: poetry dictionary
Heroic couplets, which are well-suited to antithesis and parallelism, are also often used for epigrams, such as Pope's: You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come.
NOTE: Poems written in heroic couplets, such as Pope's The Rape of the Lock, are especially subject to the danger of metrical monotony, which poets avoid by variations in their placement of caesuras.
So named because it is the form in which epic poetry of heroic exploits is generally written, its rhyme scheme is abab, composed in ten-syllable iambic verse in English, hexameter in Greek and Latin, ottava rima in Italian.
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 LITERARY TERMINOLOGY #5
Think of each couplet as a separate poem, in which the first line serves the function of the octave of a Petrarchan sonnet and the second line the sestet—that is, there must be a turn, or volta, between lines 1 and 2 of each couplet.
The last couplet may be (and usually is) a signature couplet in which the poet may invoke his/her name in the first, second, or third person.
Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to compose verse using heroic couplets, but they did not become widespread until the seventeenth century (although Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare employed them liberally in their poetry; the last two lines of Shakespeare's sonnets are heroic couplets).
www.siue.edu /~ejoy/eng200literaryterminology5.htm   (614 words)

  
 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for heroic   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Most byliny are loosely connected with historical events dating from the 11th to the 16th cent., particularly the era of the...
Heroic Choices Honored for Mentoring Program That Benefits NYC Children; Lifetime TV, Whoopi Goldberg among Honorees at HELP USA Annual Tribute Dinner.
The Caroline Church heroic: the reconstruction of epic religion in three seventeenth-century communities.
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 Heroic couplet   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A heroic couplet is a traditional form for English poetry, particularly for epic and narrative poetry.
It corresponds to a two line stanza in iambic pentameter ; a quatrain as such would be a heroic stanza.
A frequently-cited example illustrating the use of heroic couplets is this passage from Cooper's Hill by John Denham, part of his description of the Thames : :O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-Heroic_couplet.html   (161 words)

  
 Online Etymology Dictionary
was the word limited, in a historical sense, to "medieval singer of heroic or lyric poetry who accompanied himself on a stringed instrument." Ref. to flface music acts in U.S. is from 1843.
heros "demi-god" (a variant singular of which was heroe), originally "defender, protector," from PIE base *ser- "to watch over, protect" (cf.
Hero, the New York term for a sandwich elsewhere called submarine, grinder, poor boy (New Orleans), or hoagie (Philadelphia), is 1955, origin unknown, perhaps folk etymology of Gk.
www.etymonline.com /index.php?search=heroic   (961 words)

  
 Connections: Poetry: Forms: Heroic Couplets
First, they are couplets, pairs of rhymed lines (of iambic pentameter) that give a sense of balance between the two lines and often within each line as well.
That the couplets are "heroic" signals, in the words of Jack Lynch, their "use in epic poetry in English, especially Dryden's translation of Virgil (1697) and Pope's translation of Homer (1715-26)."
Due primarily to the abilities and influence of Dryden and Pope, the eighteenth century is now understood to be the time of the heroic couplet's dominance of English poetry, after which the more experimental Romantic poets abandoned heroic verse for more flexible, modern forms.
www.math.grin.edu /~simpsone/Connections/Poetry/Forms/couplet1.html   (196 words)

  
 Write one (and one only
Write one (and one only!) correct heroic couplet, and make sure it is not only technically correct, but also makes some sense.
It is a closed thought, as the heroic couplet demands.
This couplet was inspired by a favourite piece of poetry of mine, Marvell’s “The Definition of Love”, mainly because I so devotedly agree with the thought it expresses.
home.kabelfoon.nl /~boshuis/myownheroiccouplet.htm   (301 words)

  
 Alexander Pope and the heroic couplet.
The later work can indeed be acrid and unforgiving, but the satire in the Rape of the Lock is shot through with more understanding of women's foibles and needs than the Romantics displayed (apart, again, from Byron), and Pope always had the courage of his convictions, writing strongly to the end.
Pope brought to perfection the heroic couplet of Dryden, and set a standard from which later poets developed as needed: Goldsmith, Churchill, Cowper and George Crabbe.
Heroic couplets are end-stopped pentameters, rhymed aa bb cc, have a marked caesura, and prominent stress on the line end.
www.poetrymagic.co.uk /poets/pope.html   (961 words)

  
 The Rules of Subversion: David Caplan by J.S. Renau
His choice to employ the couplet is not rooted in nostalgia, but rather in the practical utility such a verse form offers, given the content of the poem.
Take, for instance, another poem written in heroic couplets, Robert Lowell’s “After the Surprising Conversions.” In this case, Lowell—famously descended from ancient Massachusetts stock—uses the heroic couplet as a means of complicating his own cultural inheritance.
The couplet was, of course, the favored verse form of the Puritans, and indeed, its tidiness tended to square very well with the concrete verities of Calvinist theology.
www.cprw.com /Renau/caplan.htm   (2317 words)

  
 Glossary of Poetic Terms from BOB'S BYWAY, Letter H
Heroic couplets, which are well-suited to antithesis and parallelism, are also often used for epigrams, such as Pope's:
Sidelight: Poems written in heroic couplets, such as Pope's The Rape of the Lock, are especially subject to the danger of metrical monotony, which poets avoid by variations in their placement of caesuras.
Sidelight: The English form of the heroic quatrain is also called the elegiac stanza for its frequent use in elegiac verse, as in Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard." The form has also been used by other poets without elegiac intent, as in Shakespeare's sonnets.
www.poeticbyway.com /gl-h.html   (1302 words)

  
 Re: VIRGIL: heroic verse
Leofranc H-F is (of course) correct: the notion of a heroical meter is old indeed.
For the Elizabethans that Simon Cauchi mentions, the heroic meter is always a stanza of some kind (ababbcc for Puttenham and Gascoigne, aabaabbab for James VI of Scotland -- before he was James I of England, abababcc for Harington).
Rhyming couplets, such as Chaucer used in the Canterbury Tales, are disparaged as "riding rhyme." This much is fairly well known.
www.mail-archive.com /mantovano@virgil.org/msg00164.html   (283 words)

  
 Re: VIRGIL: heroic verse
Puttenham commends Phaer for translating Virgil into "English verse Heroicall", and Phaer wrote in couplets -- but they were fourteeners, not what Puttenham calls "the meeter of ten sillables" (which he also considered to be heroical).
Before such a phrase became synonymous with "rhyming couplet", must there not have been a time when the rhyming couplet was one of the verse-forms it could refer to, but not the only one?
Moreover, by the time the terms had become synonyms (of a sort), the so-called "heroic couplet" was being used not only for epic verse but also for satire, elegy, epistle, and various other kinds of poetry.
www.mail-archive.com /mantovano@virgil.org/msg00165.html   (226 words)

  
 The Heroic Couplet: Its Rhyme and Reason
For 150 years, the heroic couplet was the dominant verse form in the English language (and closely related to verse forms dominating other European languages); it prevailed for nearly a quarter of the entire English poetic tradition.
Before the middle of the seventeenth century, however, many couplets were not end-stopped but instead were en-jambed; that is, the end of a couplet did not necessarily coincide with the end of a clause or a thought unit.
But whether or not the rhyme sound directly connects one couplet to another, the closed couplet is not a closing down, not closure in the punning sense modern criticism has misleadingly implied--only an indication that a step has been achieved.
nationalhumanitiescenter.org /ideasv41/hunter4.htm   (3144 words)

  
 SparkNotes: The Rape of the Lock: Analysis: Themes and Form
The verse form of The Rape of the Lock is the heroic couplet; Pope still reigns as the uncontested master of the form.
The heroic couplet consists of rhymed pairs of iambic pentameter lines (lines of ten syllables each, alternating stressed and unstressed syllables).
Moreover, the inherent balance of the couplet form is strikingly well suited to a subject matter that draws on comparisons and contrasts: the form invites configurations in which two ideas or circumstances are balanced, measured, or compared against one another.
www.sparknotes.com /poetry/rapeofthelock/analysis.html   (521 words)

  
 'lords and owners': nabokov's sequestered imagination
The rhymed or heroic couplet has an established, broadly recognized function in traditional English prosody, conforming to the shared expectations of poets and audiences since at least the sixteenth century.
The formal expectations associated with the heroic couplet form, however, remain frustrated until we come to the final foot, "and sank." The addition of another clause and another image, in this case dehumanizing ones, dissipates the force of a serious story forthrightly told.
Shade's choice of a verb to end the line that precisely breaks the poem into halves, the line that concludes both the last couplet in the stanza and the last stanza in the canto, is difficult to justify.
www.libraries.psu.edu /nabokov/monroe3.htm   (1851 words)

  
 Definition of heroic - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
3 a : of impressive size, power, extent, or effect doses> heroic voice> b (1) : of great intensity :
effort> (2) : of a kind that is likely only to be undertaken to save a life surgery>
4 : of, relating to, or constituting drama written during the Restoration in heroic couplets and concerned with a conflict between love and honor
www.m-w.com /cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=heroic   (111 words)

  
 The Heroic Couplet: Its Rhyme and Reason
For 150 years, the heroic couplet was the dominant verse form in the English language (and closely related to verse forms dominating other European languages); it prevailed for nearly a quarter of the entire English poetic tradition.
Before the middle of the seventeenth century, however, many couplets were not end-stopped but instead were en-jambed; that is, the end of a couplet did not necessarily coincide with the end of a clause or a thought unit.
It is a mistake to think of couplets as stanzas; ordinarily, it takes about seven of them to become a verse paragraph, the closest approximation couplet poetry makes to a stanza, as the printings of couplets in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century books makes clear.
www.nhc.rtp.nc.us /ideasv41/hunter4.htm   (3144 words)

  
 heroic verse definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
heroic verse definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
Search for "heroic verse" in all of MSN Encarta
verse form for narrative poetry: a verse form used in epic poetry or other narrative poetry on heroic subjects, especially the ancient Greek and Latin hexameter, the iambic pentameter, or the alexandrine
ca.encarta.msn.com /dictionary_1861691746/heroic_verse.html   (88 words)

  
 heroic definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
suitable for hero: characteristic of or suitable for a hero
mythology relating to mythical hero: characteristic of or involving the heroes of legend or mythology
poetry of heroic verse: written in or characteristic of heroic verse
encarta.msn.com /encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?refid=1861617601   (123 words)

  
 heroic - Definitions from Dictionary.com
Also, he·ro·i·cal. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a hero or heroine.
suitable to the character of a hero in size or concept; daring; noble: a heroic ambition.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the heroes of antiquity: heroic mythology.
dictionary.reference.com /browse/heroic   (500 words)

  
 Sonnet 130 Appreciation Essay -- Essay at LiteratureClassics.com
It seems in the octet as if Shakespeare is undermining love – that it is only something frivolous, until in the Heroic couplet when he offers a completely different view on love, one in which superficialities are meaningless.
The use of the octet – to present the opposing argument; the sestet – to present the author’s argument; and the heroic couplet – to clinch the final argument all contribute towards developing the meaning of Sonnet 130.
The fact that the heroic couplet has a different rhyme scheme – a-a, creates the distinction that it is different from the rest of the poem – it is important that the reader knows that the last two lines are unique because they finalize the entire poem’s argument.
www.literatureclassics.com /essays/145   (1473 words)

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