Definition of Closed couplet

1. Noun. A rhymed couplet that forms a complete syntactic unit.

Generic synonyms: Couplet

Lexicographical Neighbors of Closed Couplet

closed caption
closed captioning
closed captions
closed chain
closed chain compound
closed circle
closed circuit
closed circuit method
closed circuits
closed circulatory system
closed comedo
closed compound
closed compounds
closed corporation
closed couplet (current term)
closed curve
closed cut valley
closed dislocation
closed door
closed drainage
closed form
closed fracture
closed game
closed games
closed gentian
closed head injury
closed hospital
closed in
closed in(p)

Literary usage of Closed couplet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Introduction to Poetry by Jay Broadus Hubbell, John Owen Beaty (1922)
"In the "closed" couplet, as it is called, each couplet is a thought unit. ... The typical "closed" couplet is illustrated by Pope's pithy lines, ..."

2. English Metres by William Strunk (1922)
"This was called the "closed couplet." Pope, indeed, had trained himself to think ... 317-330), he defies the tradition of the closed couplet by grouping the ..."

3. English Literature by William Joseph Long (1919)
"Soon this mechanical closed couplet, in which the second line was often made first,3 almost excluded all other forms of poetry. It was dominant in England ..."

4. The Elements of English Versification by James Wilson Bright, Raymond Durbin Miller (1910)
"The strict, or closed, couplet is characteristic of the verse of the eighteenth century; it especially distinguishes the poetry of Dryden, Pope, Johnson, ..."

5. A History of English Prosody from the Twelfth Century to the Present Day by George Saintsbury (1908)
"To this last characteristic, indeed, he always more or less adhered—in fact, it was closely connected with his mastery of the closed couplet. ..."

6. Formative Types in English Poetry: The Earl Lectures of 1917 by George Herbert Palmer (1918)
"In this way he introduces a delicate music into his verse and brings out all the limited capacity of the closed couplet. No wonder that such a man who in ..."

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