Couplet | Literary Term - Definition, Characteristic and Examples | Learning The Easy Way


Couplet is a important literary term in English poetry. It is a two lines of verse with similar end rhymes. That are written to the same meter of stressed and unstressed. Here rhyme means repetition  of similar ending sound.  Formally, the couplet is a two line stanza. form with both grammatical structure and idea complete within itself. 

For example:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
                                             Sonnet-18, William Shakespeare.

Here the last word of the first line and the last word of the second line have similar sounds ( ee ).

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