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distich

Prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet

Distich

 

in poetry, a two-verse stanza. An example of distich is Sergei Esenin’s lines: “You are my leafless maple, my ice-covered maple, /Why do you stand, stooped over, under the white blizzard?”

An unrhymed hexameter or pentameter distich is called an elegiac distich. The distich appears as an independent poem in epigrams, epitaphs, and inscriptions. In eastern poetry, it is called a bait.

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While elegy, like the dead, can move in and out preserving, 'without breaking a thing', conversely, it is also an inevitably fractured form as the line breaks between the distichs and the 'dishes' of 'keep/sakes' make abundantly dear.
Leland quotes the distich out of context again in his account of the abbey in De rebus Britannicis collectanea, ed.
The isolated form -- a given sonnet, quatrain, distich, or prose poem by
In yet another pattern the stanza-initial amredita vamam-vamam is continued in the second distich by the anaphoric employment of the simplex vamam:
a) shows the virtual commutation of amreditas and polyptoton (case variation of the same lexical item) as distich organizing principles (amreditas in ab, polyptoton [deva devan .
Note how, in (b), the iterative value of the adverbial amredita is reinforced by the nominal amredita sute-sute of the following distich.
Less obvious is the responsion in (b), whose cola appear in the final padas of each distich of this jagati stanza.
In (b) the responsion is localized in the opening pada of each distich.
Although the distich is obviously a classical metrical form, it can be modernized, even to the point of ending lines with hyphenated words.
8 A lamiya, elegantly called "Lamique" by its first French translator, Pierre Vattier (Paris, 1660), 5, is a qasida in which the last word of each distich rhymes in the letter lam, i.