[n] a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
[n] two items of the same kind
Rhyming stanzas made up of two lines. A pair of lines of a verse that form a unit. Some couplets rhyme aa, but this is not a requirement.
Example (J. Kilmer - Trees):
I THINK that I shall never see (a)
A poem lovely as a tree. (a)
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest (b)
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; (b)
brace, couple, distich, doubleton, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twain, twosome, yoke
2, closed couplet, deuce, heroic couplet, II, line of poetry, line of verse, stanza, two
A traditional form for English poetry, commonly used for epic and narrative poetry; it refers to poems constructed from a sequence of rhyming pairs of iambic pentameter lines.
A frequently-cited example illustrating the use of heroic couplets is this passage from Cooper's Hill by John Denham, part of his description of the Thames:
- O could I flow like thee, and make thy stream
- My great example, as it is my theme!
- Though deep, yet clear, though gentle, yet not dull,
- Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full.