heroic verse definition

  • noun:
    • one of the verse types traditionally utilized in epic and remarkable poetry, specially:
    • The dactylic hexameter in Greek and Latin.
    • The iambic pentameter in English.
    • The alexandrine in French. Also known as heroic meter.
    • some of several kinds of verse found in epic or remarkable poetry
    • See under Heroic.
    • a verse type suited to the treatment of heroic or increased themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter
  • adjective:
    • the verse of heroic or epic poetry, being in English, German, and Italian the iambic of ten syllables; in French the iambic of twelve syllables; plus in classic poetry the hexameter.

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