couplet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n couplet a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
    • n couplet two items of the same kind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Couplet Two taken together; a pair or couple; especially two lines of verse that rhyme with each other. "A sudden couplet rushes on your mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n couplet In prosody, two lines in immediate succession, usually but not necessarily of the same length, forming a pair, and generally marked as such by riming with each other. A pair of lines joined by rime is considered a couplet, whether it forms part of a stanza or constitutes a metrical group by itself. See distich.
    • n couplet In music, two equal notes inserted in the midst of triple rhythm to occupy the time of three; a temporary displacement of triple by duple rhythm.
    • n couplet One of a pair, as of twins; a twin.
    • n couplet In Gothic arch., a double window; one having two lights only and these of the same size and style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Couplet two lines of verse that rhyme with each other
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. couplet, dim. of couple,. See Couple (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cople—L. copula.

Usage

In literature:

Here, as there, the 'introductions' are, for the most part, if not throughout, in continuous octosyllabic couplets.
"Sir Walter Scott" by George Saintsbury
D. (W. W.) on couplet "'Twas they unsheath'd," &c., 380.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
After the dedication comes the "Proeme" of eight couplets, occupying a separate page, faced and backed with virgin paper.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
I have omitted a couplet which verges on the scientific; for Crabbe is unpleasantly anxious to leave nothing unexplained.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
He was able only to play on one instrument, the heroic couplet.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
Did you notice, Mary, how pleased he was when I recited that couplet?
"The Gorgeous Isle" by Gertrude Atherton
Rheinhart Kleiner and ourselves revel in heroic couplets of widely differing nature.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
A prize was offered for the best couplet.
"East Anglia Personal Recollections and Historical Associations" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Every now and then, a couplet, or a stanza, came sweeping up.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
I never heard of one out of that couplet.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865" by Various
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In poetry:

Ballad, epic, quatrain,
Couplet--ay, a line--
"Let it rain or not rain,
Let it storm or shine."
"The Poem Speaks" by Franklin Pierce Adams
All his words have perished. Shame
On the saddle-bags of Fame,
That they bring not to our time
One poor couplet of the rhyme
Made by Abram Morrison!
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And he who dribbled couplets like a snake
Coiled to a lithe precision in the sun
Is missing. The jar is empty; you may break
It only to find that Mr. Pope is gone.
"Mr. Pope" by Allen Tate
Wind that in Arcadia starts
In and out a couplet plays;
And the drums of bitter hearts
Beat the measure of a phrase.
Sweets and woes but come to print
Quae cum ita sint.
"Lines On Reading Too Many Poets" by Dorothy Parker
No matter, we songsters must sing as we can;
We can make some nice couplets with Lake Michigan,
And what more resembles a nightingale's voice,
Than the oily trisyllable, sweet Illinois?
"Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
For since I've loved it oh so long,
Let my last labour be in song;
And when my pencil falters down,
Oh may a final couplet crown
The years of striving I have made
To justify the jinglers trade.
"Rhyme Builder" by Robert W Service

In news:

Build a well-rounded, strong and powerful body in 20 minutes with two kettlebell couplets.
20-Minute Brute Strength Kettlebell Couplets.
The words "Bain Capital" do not form a particularly lyrical couplet, but they are destined to become a familiar refrain between now and November.
This animated counting book uses irreverent couplets and a screwball cast of goats for its humor.
Registered Nurse Couplet Full Time (Job Number: 132257).
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A better thing scaffolding also consists of 3 main parts or have 3 different ways, A)Tubes,B) Couplets for joining the tubes and Boards, to create a supporting area for human access.
And the gender- bending couplets devised by mastermind Stephin Merritt playfully or painfully tug at one's heartstrings.
SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL The kids of Creative Arts Theatre & School perform a whimsical adaptation of Dickens' Christmas story in rhymed Seuss-inspired couplets.
After 10 years of topical rhyming couplets by Max Branscomb, A Tucson Pastorela, the play localizing and updating the story of the birth of Jesus, was itself reborn last December.
Not so much as a couplet written in Shakespeare 's own hand has been proven to exist.
Couplet: 2 days of verse .
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