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n. pl. dis·tichs
1. A unit of verse consisting of two lines, especially as used in Greek and Latin elegiac poetry.
2. A rhyming couplet.

[Latin distichon, from Greek distikhon, from neuter of distikhos, having two rows or verses : di-, two; see di-1 + stikhos, line of verse; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]


(Poetry) prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet
[C16: from Greek distikhos having two lines, from di-1 + stikhos stich]
ˈdistichal adj


(ˈdɪs tɪk)

1. a unit of two lines of verse, usu. a self-contained statement; couplet.
2. a rhyming couplet.
[1545–55; < Latin distichon; see di-1, -stichous]
dis′ti•chal, adj.


a couplet or pair of verses or lines, usually read as a unit.
See also: Verse
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.distich - two items of the same kinddistich - two items of the same kind    
fellow, mate - one of a pair; "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
2, II, two, deuce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
doubleton - (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player


[ˈdɪstɪk] Ndístico m
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"Do you know that he made this distich against the Jesuits?"
Was it worth while, in short, noble Porthos, to heap so much gold, and not have even the distich of a poor poet engraven upon thy monument?
Such rarae aves should be remitted to the epitaph writer, or to some poet who may condescend to hitch him in a distich, or to slide him into a rhime with an air of carelessness and neglect, without giving any offence to the reader.
Your stool limps like one of Martial's distiches; it has one hexameter leg and one pentameter leg."
...the perque usually manifests an anaphoric structure based on initial repetitions in the first line of each distich. A strophic flourish (redondilla, quintilla) may introduce the rhyme pairs, or they may simply follow an initial verso suelto, the function of which is to generate the disparity between period and rhyme structure.
Volume I contains an introduction, a detailed discussion of the relevant East Frankish manuscripts, a clarification of editorial principles, and the edition itself, including the dedication and distich. Volume II provides a 212-page commentary, as well as a list of virtually all the vocabulary used in the edition, an extensive bibliography, and a series of indexes.
In its distich stanzas, the first line ends with the word "forest" every time, and the second rhymes internally.
A poem in which the second line of each distich rhymes with the same letter.
Wesling put a lifetime of effort into trying to overcome this theoretical and practical limitation in poetic criticism (e.g., Chances, New Poetries, and Scissors), but like Vendler's theory of "inner form," what he arrived at in the end, his theory of "grammetrics," the "scissoring" of levels of syntax (word, phrase, clause, etc.) by levels of poetic form (half-line, line, distich, stanza, etc.), which, as he claimed, can indeed produce effects of continuity/discontinuity, irregularity/regularity, hierarchy/equivalence, unexpectedness/expectedness, coherence/incoherence, is also partial and scattered.
While Mildred Budny has argued, in a careful analysis of the manuscript, that although Dunstan was not the original artist, he did embellish the distich and the drawing, probably retouching it with ink, Michelle Brown regards this image as having been drawn by Dunstan himself.
In reality they are sung in a different way: in distich, with a musical structure that stops at the end of the second line.
This distich, known by all, expresses the sorrow brought on by reminiscence, which acts as a reminder of temporal and spatial separation.