Meaning of heroic verse in English:

heroic verse


mass noun
  • A type of verse used for epic or heroic subjects, such as the hexameter, iambic pentameter, or alexandrine.

    ‘His formula for modern heroic verse, proclaimed up front in the essay, was, in short: more dactyls than trochees, and more trochees than spondees.’
    • ‘What is the burlesque verse in English, is the heroic verse in French.’
    • ‘He believes that iambic pentameter is the most suited to heroic verse, especially in English, and that rhyme should be consistent and regular.’
    • ‘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.’