One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A type of verse used for epic or heroic subjects, such as the dactylic hexameter, iambic pentameter, or alexandrine. Also called heroic meter.
- ‘His formula for modern heroic verse, proclaimed up front in the essay, was, in short: more dactyls than trochees, and more trochees than spondees.’
- ‘He believes that iambic pentameter is the most suited to heroic verse, especially in English, and that rhyme should be consistent and regular.’
- ‘What is the burlesque verse in English, is the heroic verse in French.’
- ‘Milton himself likened blank verse to the unrhymed verse of ‘Homer in Greek, and of Virgil in Latin’ and called it ‘English heroic verse without rhyme.’’
- ‘‘I'm going to climb the highest mountain in Britain,’ I said to myself, envisioning kilted bards perched at the top shouting down lines of heroic verse to the dirt-encrusted hikers toiling below.’
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