Hudibras gave rise to a particular verse form, commonly called the "Hudibrastic".
Beside the Spanish picaresque novels and the French burlesque novel, in Italy flourished the poema eroicomico.
In this country those who still wrote epic poems, following the rules set by Torquato Tasso in his work Discorsi del poema eroico (Discussions about the Epic Poems) and realized in his masterwork, the Jerusalem Delivered, were felt as antiquated.
The strained and unexpected rhymes increase the comic effect and heighten the parody.
This formal indication of satire proved to separate one form of mock-heroic from the others.