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01151--What is a Heroic Couplet?



What is a Heroic Couplet?

A  Heroic Couplet is a pair of rhymed lines written in iambic pentameter, a metrical pattern of five feet (units), each of which consists of two syllables, the first unstressed and the second stressed.

Alexander Pope was a master of the heroic couplet, employing it for matters both witty and wise, as in the following example:

O thoughtless mortals! ever blind to fate,
Too soon dejected, and too soon elate: 

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