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two successive lines of verse, usually rhymed and of the same metre



in a song or poem, a lyric strophe. In a musical couplet, a self-contained melody covers the lines of one strophe of a poem. With repetition through subsequent lines of the text, the melody may remain unchanged or may be slightly varied. In polyphonic songs based on couplets, the secondary voices may be subject to variations in subsequent verses; in songs with accompaniment, the accompaniment may change. Couplets are frequently begun with a lead-in antiphonal and rounded off by a refrain.

The Russian plural form of “couplet,” kuplety, is the name for a ballad of a jovial, humorous, or satirical type with a recurring refrain. It is found in vaudeville and musical comedy and in the 20th century became a genre of variety-stage song. Outstanding Soviet kuplety performers include V. Ia. Khenkin, B. S. Borisov, and L. O. Utesov.

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Fortunately, its Kryptonite is the color red, so placing red-colored couplets around the door as well as the door gods will keep Nian away.
Graham, married to Trudy for 22 years, likes to freshen his poems up with couplets penned at home and make them relevant to the stations his trains pass through.
Having six thousand couplets in metrical pattern of motaghareb, Ferdowsi's Shahnameh has tried to make poetry from the book that was considered the collection of national histories, chronicles and epics.
Taken as a whole, the couplet contains a psychic profile of the free man, the unhindered man.
The couplet being translated is that of the last words spoken by the Duke of Venice in Othello: "If virtue no delighted beauty lack, Your son-in-law is far more fair than black".
Step 6: Students write their couplet on one side of a sheet of art
UNESCO said the "the lively, impromptu oral poetry known as Tsiattista is often performed to the accompaniment of violin or lute in 'jousts' in which one poet-singer attempts to outdo another with clever verses made up of rhyming couplets.
Like the heroic couplet at the end of the Venus and Adonis stanza (which Anne-Marie Thompson wields with absolute ease), or like a lover we haven't even met yet, or like music we didn't know we knew, significance is always there, waiting for us to catch up.
His couplet "Un sey umeed baandh baitha hai bewaqoof/Jin sey kabhi hua nahin aaney ka faaida" caught this reviewer's eye as it uses the expression 'aaney ka faida' (aana was one-sixteenth of a rupee in the old days).
One of the primary limitations of the dichotomous key format is that users must begin at the first couplet and progress sequentially through subsequent couplets until an identification is made, a restriction that unfortunately implies a hierarchy among the characteristics used to identify a specimen, whether intended or not.
Probably the most important part of the cycle is what I have called the central couplet, the reciprocal relationship between elevated peroxynitrite (abbreviated PRN) and the depletion of a compound called tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) (see Figure 1 center to below center).
Alas, my attempts at rhyming couplets seem sadly inadequate compared to those of the bard of Liverpool.