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The heroic couplets of Dryden and Pope are quintessential examples of Neoclassical poetry, with its emphasis on balance, harmony, smoothness and artifice. Regular meter, carefully controlled rhyme, and masterful use of difficult rhetorical and figurative devices, often imitating those found in Greek and Latin poetry, characterized this work. In addition, many Neoclassical poets either wrote in Greek and (especially) Latin themselves or, more frequently, freely translated and adapted famous classical poetry for a modern audience.


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