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see pentameterpentameter
[Gr.,=measure of five], in prosody, a line to be scanned in five feet (see versification). The third line of Thomas Nashe's "Spring" is in pentameter: "Cold doth / not sting, / the pret / ty birds / do sing.
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23) The heroic couplet in particular, the privileged form of many long, complex eighteenth-century philosophical essays and argumentative poems, becomes in fact a vehicle for elaboration, explication, and modification of meaning.
20) The following year he again both wrote and recited verses in heroic couplets at the anniversary dinner.
This satire in heroic couplets is a protest against what Byron considered the weakness and bad taste of the older generation of English romantic poets, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, Southey, and many other lesser and now-forgotten writers.
In this burlesque, mock-heroic poem written in heroic couplets, Dryden attacks a rival playwright, Thomas Shadwell, for the sins of self-importance and dullness.
The heroic couplet merges perfectly with the epic devices in the poem.
These stanzas are obviously not strict heroic couplets whose thought, rhythm, metre, and syntax combine symmetrically to form autonomous units of expression.
In the verse satire Absalom and Achitophel, for example, John Dryden relates in heroic couplets a scriptural story that is a thinly veiled portrait of the politicians involved in an attempt to alter the succession to the English throne.
Steel's Tatler was the first to publish Swift's poems; A Description of a Morning and A Description of a City Shower (1710) are brief street scenes written in heroic couplets capturing moments in the lives various passersby.
This expansion of Barlow's The Vision of Columbus (1787) is an epic of America in heroic couplets.
Written in heroic couplets, it is divided into four Epistles dealing respectively with man'srelation to the universe, to himself, to society, and to happiness.
The sheer weirdness of this pirate tale's heroic couplets makes sense in the context of Byron's contestation of this form and its complicity in social forms of heroism, gender roles, and hierarchies of power.
During the middle years (1715-1728) he was mostly occupied with translating into English heroic couplets from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and preparing an edition of Shakespeare's plays.