What Are Examples of Heroic Couplets?

Examples of heroic couplets can be found in "Canterbury Tales" and "Legend of Good Women" by Geoffrey Chaucer and "Cooper's Hill" by John Denham. Heroic couplets are defined by rhyming lines written in a sequence, and they are commonly found in narrative and epic forms of traditional English poetry.

An example of a heroic couplet from the General Prologue of "Canterbury Tales" is, "Whan that aprill with his shoures soote / The droghte of march hath perced to the roote." Another example of a heroic couplet from "Cooper's Hill" is, "O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream / My great example, as it is my theme."