Cou·plet

Tonya Trimpe

Definition

Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme.


Explanation

How you can locate a couplet in a poem.
  • Two lines that are one after another in a stanza that rhyme.
  • Couplets can be grouped together to make a four-line stanza.


Examples

Two consecutive lines in a poem

Shakespeare Sonnet 29

Lines 13-14

"For thy sweet sweet love remembered such wealth brings

That then I scorn to change my state with kings."


As you can see there are:

  • two consecutive lines
  • the poetry rhymes "brings;kings"



Four-line stanza:

Poem "To an Athlete Dying Young"

Lines 13-16

"... Eyes that shady night has shut

Cannot see the record cut,

And silence sounds no worse than cheers

After earth has stopped the ears: ..."


As you can see there are:

  • two consecutive lines but paired
  • the poetry rhymes "shut;cut....cheers;ears"

Citations

  • Beers, G. Kylene, and Lee Odell. "Collection 2." Holt Elements of Literature: Essentials of British and World Literature. Vol. 6. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2005. 167. Print.
  • Beers, G. Kylene, and Lee Odell. "Collection 3." Holt Elements of Literature: Essentials of British and World Literature. Vol. 6. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2005. 278-79. Print.
  • Beers, G. Kylene, and Lee Odell. "Resource Center." Holt Elements of Literature: Essentials of British and World Literature. Vol. 6. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2005. 1186. Print.