One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pair of successive lines of verse, typically rhyming and of the same length.
stanza, strophe, stave, cantoView synonyms
- ‘Both rely heavily on rhyme, favoring couplets but committed to casual or accidental placement rather than to any definite scheme.’
- ‘It's written in tetrameter couplets, a form much more congenial to midcentury writers.’
- ‘It was translated into English iambic pentameter with rhymed couplets.’
- ‘Almost any form is acceptable - limerick, haiku, free verse, couplets, anything but epic poetry.’
- ‘The lines form couplets joined in quatrains.’
- ‘His four-line verses or quatrains, each of two rhymed couplets, were written in groups of 100, known as Centuries.’
- ‘Many primary grade pupils enjoy rhyme in a couplet when writing poetry.’
- ‘Alexander Pope was satirically dismissive in a memorable couplet: 'On painted ceilings you devoutly stare/ Where sprawl the saints of Verrio and Laguerre.'’
- ‘If a character gets hungry, they croon couplets like "I am starving, I must eat / a piece of bread or a hunk of meat."’
- ‘Single couplets of course form a significant category, as do longer poems composed of rhyming pentameter couplets.’
- ‘The rondeau given below, by Adam de la Halle, shows its typical layout as a single-stanza poem of four couplets.’
- ‘The first couplet, known as the refrain, is repeated at the end.’
- ‘Sonnet 126 is, unusually, a poem in six rhymed couplets rather than a sonnet proper.’
- ‘In 1705 he published The Campaign, a poem in heroic couplets in celebration of the victory of Blenheim.’
- ‘The source texts are then reformed into single aphoristic lines, couplets, quatrains, and whole poems.’
- ‘It is composed in fluent, almost chatty couplets, with marvellous evocations of the deserted Venetian lido and twinkling lagoon: 'I love all waste / And solitary places; where we taste / The pleasure of believing what we see / Is boundless, as we wish our souls to be.'’
- ‘He fits the description of a Romantic Poet perfectly, wandering dazed by nature and inactivity through sun-dappled fields, his sad eyes melting before the passionate couplets forming in the wellspring of his engorged imagination.’
- ‘The concluding couplet of this stanza tells us what the nativity will do by systematically listing the state of things before the birth and the conditions brought into the world by it.’
- ‘The leaf illustrated here is inscribed with a couplet by one of China's greatest poets.’
- ‘He issued in 1715 the first volume of his translation in heroic couplets of Homer's Iliad.’
Late 16th century: from French, diminutive of couple, from Old French cople (see couple).
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