Heroic verse
Verse Verse, n. [OE. vers, AS. fers, L. versus a line in writing, and, in poetry, a verse, from vertere, versum, to turn, to turn round; akin to E. worth to become: cf. F. vers. See {Worth} to become, and cf. {Advertise}, {Averse}, {Controversy}, {Convert}, {Divers}, {Invert}, {Obverse}, {Prose}, {Suzerain}, {Vortex}.] 1. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see {Foot}, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules. [1913 Webster]

Note: Verses are of various kinds, as hexameter, pentameter, tetrameter, etc., according to the number of feet in each. A verse of twelve syllables is called an Alexandrine. Two or more verses form a stanza or strophe. [1913 Webster]

2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed in metrical form; versification; poetry. [1913 Webster]

Such prompt eloquence Flowed from their lips in prose or numerous verse. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Virtue was taught in verse. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

Verse embalms virtue. --Donne. [1913 Webster]

3. A short division of any composition. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses. [1913 Webster]

Note: Although this use of verse is common, it is objectionable, because not always distinguishable from the stricter use in the sense of a line. [1913 Webster] (b) (Script.) One of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and New Testaments. [1913 Webster]

Note: The author of the division of the Old Testament into verses is not ascertained. The New Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephens [or Estienne], a French printer. This arrangement appeared for the first time in an edition printed at Geneva, in 1551. [1913 Webster] (c) (Mus.) A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part. [1913 Webster]

4. A piece of poetry. ``This verse be thine.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Blank verse}, poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes.

{Heroic verse}. See under {Heroic}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Heroic verse — consists of the rhymed iambic line or heroic couplet. The term is used in English exclusively.In ancient literature, heroic verse was synonymous with the dactylic hexameter. It was in this measure that those typically heroic poems, the Iliad and… …   Wikipedia

  • Heroic verse — Heroic He*ro ic, a. [F. h[ e]ro[ i]que, L. hero[ i]cus, Gr. ?.] 1. Of or pertaining to, or like, a hero; of the nature of heroes; distinguished by the existence of heroes; as, the heroic age; an heroic people; heroic valor. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heroic verse — n. the verse form in which epic poetry is traditionally written, as dactylic hexameter in Greek or Latin, the alexandrine in French, and iambic pentameter in English …   English World dictionary

  • heroic verse — a form of verse adapted to the treatment of heroic or exalted themes: in classical poetry, dactylic hexameter; in English and German, iambic pentameter; and in French, the Alexandrine. An example of heroic verse is Achilles wrath, to Greece the… …   Universalium

  • heroic verse — /həˌroʊɪk ˈvɜs/ (say huh.rohik vers) noun a form of verse adapted to the treatment of heroic or exalted themes; in classical poetry, the hexameter; in English, German, and Italian, the iambic of ten syllables; and in French, the Alexandrine… …   Australian English dictionary

  • heroic verse — noun a verse form suited to the treatment of heroic or elevated themes; dactylic hexameter or iambic pentameter • Syn: ↑heroic meter, ↑heroic • Hypernyms: ↑epic poem, ↑heroic poem, ↑epic, ↑epos …   Useful english dictionary

  • heroic verse — noun Date: 1586 1. dactylic hexameter especially of epic verse of classical times called also heroic meter 2. the iambic pentameter used especially in English epic poetry during the 17th and 18th centuries called also heroic line, heroic meter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • heroic verse — noun a type of verse used for epic or heroic subjects, such as the iambic pentameter …   English new terms dictionary

  • heroic verse — noun any of several forms of verse used in epic or dramatic poetry …   Wiktionary

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