A heroic couplet
is a traditional form for English poetry, particularly for epic and narrative poetry. It correspond 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
- My great example, as it is my theme!
- Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull,
- Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.
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