(also elegiac couplet), a strophic unit consisting of one hexameter and one pentameter. In classical literature, the elegiac distich was the basic unit of the elegy, the epigram, and other genres. The following is an example of an imitation of elegiac distich in Russian poetry:
Slyshu umolknuvshii zvuk bozhestvennoi ellinskoi rechi, Startsa velikogo ten’ chuiu smushchennoi dushoi. (“Toward a Translation of the Iliad” by A. S. Pushkin).