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couplet

/coup·let/ (kup´let) pair (2).

cou·plet

(kŭp'lĕt)
A series of two consecutive premature ventricular contractions.
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His stanza combinations reproduce all the well-proportioned grace of his French models, and to the pentameter riming couplet of his later work he gives the perfect ease and metrical variety which match the fluent thought.
I long to compose rhymed couplets upon the poodle of a countess.
Brooke was at all anxious; this, he felt sure, would be all right; he should have it quite pat, cut out as neatly as a set of couplets from Pope.
This was a bold figure of speech, but not exactly the right thing; for, unhappily, the pat opening had slipped away--even couplets from Pope may be but "fallings from us, vanishings," when fear clutches us, and a glass of sherry is hurrying like smoke among our ideas.
These would, perhaps, have fascinated any boy, but I had such a fanaticism for methodical verse that any variation from the octosyllabic and decasyllabic couplets was painful to me.
Though there are a million easy cliches "revolutionary" artists can (and continue to) trot out in the name of being cheaply resonant, Filipino MCs Kiwi and Bambu (who both completed solo projects before forming the group) seamlessly intertwine academic dissections of political issues with street language and complicated metaphors that will make you smile and wonder how they manage to cram so much meaning into a rhyme couplet.
Couplet number 57 of the Hindu scripture by saint Tulsidas (Raam Charit Maanas) in its fifth chapter (Sunder Kaand) aptly describes this duality when the Sea is not permitting to get a bridge built.
Few realise (it is usually said to be anonymous) that the churchman Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) in his Ductor Dubitantium 1:1:5, a compendium of Catholic and Protestant casuistry, traces it back to a couplet by Ambrose: 'Si fueris Romae, Romano vivite more; /Si fueris alibi, vivite sicut ubi.
To look back to "a graceful Arabic" as Ali does in the first couplet is thus to look back through English, through the Urdu ghazals of Faiz and Ghalib that Ali knew and translated, through the Farsi of Rumi and Hafiz, and toward the origins of the ghazal.
So snatch a couplet, squeeze a quatrain, Swell an extended metaphor
Yet Green Day have fallen afoul of corporate media with their hit single "American Idiot," with certain stations censoring the couplet "Maybe I am the faggot America / I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.
The same attention to dramatic structure is found in the later "The Norwegians are Coming," in which Snyder compares the sonnet structure, where the final couplet disrupts reader expectations, to dramatic "misleadings" in plays like Othello or Hamlet, where Shakespeare begins the action with one dramatic event only to overturn expectations.