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1. A poem consisting of a single line.
2. A single line of poetry.
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(Poetry) a poem of a single line
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek; see mono-, stich]
ˌmonoˈstichic adj
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(ˈmɒn əˌstɪk)

1. a poem or epigram consisting of a single metrical line.
2. a single line of poetry.
[1570–80; < Late Latin monostichum < Greek monóstichon; see mono-, stich]
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(3) In the poem's first appearances in print in the late 1960s, the utterance "I've been duped by the experts" stood alone, a monostich between couplets, formally echoing the initial monostich.
Her short stories and poems have been published all over the world, and in 2012 she won the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize, the Sampad 'Inspired by Tagore' Prize and the Malahat Review Monostich Poetry Prize.
Each of Jefferies' six units of 4QInstruction material is analyzed according to the following format: "Hebrew Text," "Translation," "Textual Discussion," "Structure," "Genre and Forms," "Setting," and "Intention." The author concludes that the monostich, or single line, format is important in 4QInstruction and that this phenomenon should be understood in terms of "Hellenized forms of Jewish wisdom such as Pseudo-Phocylides," a work of ethical instruction written in Greek (p.