closed couplet


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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).
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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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The playwright Caryl Churchill did, when she wrote about the stock market crash of 1987 in a closed couplet comedy called Serious Money, which invited direct comparison with the South Sea Bubble of 1728 and the satires of Alexander Pope and John Gay.
A couplet in which the sense is relatively independent is a closed couplet; a couplet that cannot stand alone is an open couplet.
autonomous closed couplets, wherein each stanza can stand independently.