HEROIC COUPLET: DR. HARESHWAR ROY


QUESTION: What is Heroic Couplet? 
ANSWER: Heroic couplet is prosody. Here the lines rhyme together in pairs, and each line consists of five iambic feet. It was a favoured form of the 18th century.
For example:
[1] One science only will one genius feet;
      So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
[2] Not only bound to peculiar arts,
     But oft in those confined to single parts.
 [Pope: An Essay On criticism]
 [3] All human things are subject to decay,
       And when Fate summons, monarchs must obey
 [Dryden: Shadwell]

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