heroic couplet

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heroic couplet:

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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It is clear that in writing in couplets, however metrically "rough," Spenser was broadly coming much closer to the forms of the poets he was closely imitating and translating into English, who wrote stichic poetry that is grouped in irregular verse paragraphs, not stanzas.
I have surveyed a variety of rhapsodic games, arguing that rhapsodes were competent at many levels of poetic performance: they could, for example, competitively recite memorized verses, improvise verses on the spot for elaboration, take up and leave off the narrative wherever they saw fit, as well as perform stichic improvisation in response to questions, riddles, etc.
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The terms used to describe the epic melodies, their modality, scale structure, cadential endings, motivic, stichic, strophic, or stanzaic forms, are borrowed from art music; they are not known to, nor do they have any meaning for the singer.
That is, whether it's quatrains, tercets, stichic lines.