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couplet

/coup·let/ (kup´let) pair (2).

cou·plet

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A series of two consecutive premature ventricular contractions.
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In the elegiac distichs of "Maniban," the undercutting is conspicuous from the beginning:
distich, dactylic and arsis) sent me to other words, which used those words again, and I was locked in the circularity bind that frustrates users of so many dictionaries.
That marriage might continue at some level through widowhood is, however, simultaneously suggested first by the doubling device of the elegiac distichs.
while the two of us would sing dispatch or distich there
sta- "To stand, with derivatives meaning 'place or thing that is standing'" (Pok sta- 1004) style, stand, steed, stud, stay, stage, stamen, standard, stem, station, stasis, static, status, stable, stoic, store, stylite, steer *steigh- "To stride, step, rise" (Pok steigh- 1017) stile, stirrup, stickle, distich, acrostic *steu- "To push, stick, knock, beat" (Pok 2.
Another of her book's epistolary poems is addressed to a "Sextus Propertius" and has as its epigraph a Swedish translation of the opening distich of Elegies 4:7, the elegy in which a dream or nightmare of the late Cynthia appears to the poet: "Sunt aliquid Manes: letum non omnia finit, / luridaque evictos effugit umbra rogos.
Leland clearly took the concluding rhetoric of the epitaph literally and assumed that Surigo's exhortation that the distich should be inscribed upon Chaucer's tomb was actually followed up or was already a fact.
Thus, when Coleridge translates a Schillerian distich in his notebook, Kooy hears in the phrase "earnest impersonal Reader" an evocation of Schiller's "Spieltrieb or play-drive" because the impersonal Reader "abandon[s] self-interest for the sake of an aesthetic appreciation of the work and all that it offers" (89).
All his Rigvedic citations are broken at the (functional) distich, not the pada, an objectionable practice which obscures the rhetorical structure of the Rigveda and leads to errors in his citations, such as on p.
A poem like "Vorbei" evokes a landscape of snow, as in Yasunari Kawabata's haiku-like novel Snow Country; the final distich should introduce a pointed and poised contrast, but the logical contradiction of two singular exceptions ("nur die Schienen: metallgrau / nur die Landstrassen: schwarz") undermines the vivid contrast and throws the poem off balance.