How did Pope manipulate the heroic couplets to create emotional effects in Eloisa to Abelard?

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Typically the heroic couplet, as used by Dryden, Pope, Johnson, and others, is a kind of self-contained entity in which a single idea is encapsulated, often holding within itself an ironic juxtaposition or a tension between two parts of the thought expressed. In Eloisa to Abelard, chiefly because the subject is quite different from Pope's mock-heroic pieces and satires, his use of the couplet does not so much follow this pattern as it does enhance the emotional climate of the poem in a manner that other poetic forms (such as blank verse, for instance) would not have done, in keeping with the neo-classical ideals of Pope's time.

It can be argued that iambic pentameter in English has a special gravity that no other metrical form approaches. Yet rhyme added to it has a different effect. Given that poets as great as Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth wrote in blank verse, it's obvious that, for emotional effect, especially in dramatic monologue , rhyme is not necessary. It is also true that,...

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