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 .