A couplet is two lines of poetry that usually rhyme. Here's a famous couplet: "Good night! Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow / That I shall say good night till it be morrow."

The couplet above comes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which is a play, not a poem. But Shakespeare often used rhyming couplets at the end of scenes to signal the ending. Couplets are very common in poetry. Often whole poems are written in couplet form — two lines of rhyming poetry, followed by two more lines with a different rhyme, and so on. Robert Frost, one of America's great poets, wrote many poems using couplets.

Definitions of couplet

n a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed

closed couplet
a rhymed couplet that forms a complete syntactic unit
heroic couplet
a couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentameter and written in an elevated style
Type of:
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

n two items of the same kind

brace, couple, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twain, twosome, yoke
(bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
Type of:
2, II, deuce, two
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number

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