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closed couplet

n.
A rhymed couplet forming a complete thought or syntactic unit, for example, "True wit is nature to advantage dressed, / What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed" (Alexander Pope).

closed′ cou′plet


n.
a couplet concluding with an end-stopped line.
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Noun1.closed couplet - a rhymed couplet that forms a complete syntactic unit
couplet - a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
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autonomous closed couplets, wherein each stanza can stand independently.
In fact, her comments crystallized the aspects that I wanted to concentrate on in this review: the poems' seemingly modest diction, matter-of-fact tone, and accessible subject matter, and how even the free verse pieces that occupy most of the book are clearly informed by Phillips's mastery of traditional forms including, in this collection, "rightly rhymed" Shakespearean sonnets, whole poems in open couplets, and closed couplets to end free verse pieces.
As a poet, he took his own advice, rendering Homeric epic into closed couplets, taking up a subscription and earning enough money to be recognized as the first Englishman to make his living from writing poetry.