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Prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet



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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In the elegiac distichs of "Maniban," the undercutting is conspicuous from the beginning:
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.
The Norwegian distichs are of interest in including in the second line gnomic, mythical, or Christian material unrelated to that in the first, in a way strikingly reminiscent of the earlier Welsh material.
Rig-Veda Repetitions: The Repeated Verses and Distichs and Stanzas of the Rig-Veda in Systematic Presentation and with Critical Discussion.
Form, despite this poet(h)ics of the "insignificant," thrusts itself constantly forward into the consciousness of both author and reader: this is an intricate world of sonnets, quatrains, tercets, distichs, in which rhyme and destabilizing antirhythms and antistructures come and go in an endless subtle play of centering and decentering of the esthetic impulse, a ceaseless reopening of form to a distinctly post-Baudelairean mystere de la vie wherein the ludic toying with language does not distract from the profound pertinence of the experience of the ordinary-and yet the claims of the latter need not deny the creative energies of a language both powerless to speak our ontic mystery and jubilant in the relativity of its assemblage.
Young Elizabeth Tudor translated Marguerite de Navarre's The Mirror of the Sinful Soul as a gift for her stepmother Katherine Parr; and Anne, Margaret, and Jane Seymour wrote a series of Latin distichs, the Hecatodistichon (1550), in honor of her.
69) An important one was Benedict Burgh's mid-century translation of the Distichs of Cato, the well-known Latin school poem containing wise observations about human life and aspirations.
To understand this, it is not necessary for your verse to be written - as indeed it is not - in the form of elegiac distichs or to have the word elegy in the title.
31-2, Pearsall says that the elementary Latin texts read by young students 'included Aesop's Falles, the Distichs of Cato .