couplet

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cou·plet

noun \ˈkə-plət\

: two lines of poetry that form a unit

Full Definition of COUPLET

1
:  two successive lines of verse forming a unit marked usually by rhythmic correspondence, rhyme, or the inclusion of a self-contained utterance :  distich
2
:  couple

Examples of COUPLET

  1. a poem made up of six couplets
  2. <a couplet of statues flank the entrance to the church>

Origin of COUPLET

Middle French, diminutive of Old French cuple, couple
First Known Use: 1580

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

couplet

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Two successive lines of verse. A couplet is marked usually by rhythmic correspondence, rhyme, or the inclusion of a self-contained utterance. Couplets may be independent poems, but they usually function as parts of other verse forms, such as the Shakespearean sonnet, which concludes with a couplet. A couplet that cannot stand alone is an open couplet; a couplet whose sense is relatively independent is a closed couplet.

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