Poetry Couplets

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Last updated: December 15, 2019
couplet
two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme

heroic couplet
two lines of rhyming iambic pentameter

open couplet
A couplet in which the second line is not complete but depends on succeeding material for completion.

closed couplet
two successive lines rhyming aa and containing a , Two successive lines rhyming aa and containing a grammatically complete, independent statement. It is called “closed” because its meaning is completed within the two lines and doesn’t depend on what is before it or what follows it.

short couplet
An octasyllabic couplet; two rhyming lines of iambic or trochaic tetrameter

poulter’s measure
a couplet, with a first line in iambic hexameter and a second line in iambic heptameter.

distich
A couplet.

Any two consecutive lines in similar form.

ghazal
A flexible, lyric form, usually in a small number of couplets with or without rhyme, first employed in various Middle Eastern literatures.

kyrielle
A rare French form, usually composed of short rhymed couplets with a word or larger verbal group repeated as a Refrain.

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