Elegiac Distich

Elegiac Distich

 

(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).

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The poetry perhaps fares best, in a chronological survey with brief but often helpful comments on individual poems, and welcome attention is drawn to Schiller's technical skill--his use of a wide range of metres, his unsurpassed mastery of the elegiac distich.
Most of the poems are written in assorted occasional-verse meters or in elegiac distich.