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two successive lines of verse, usually rhymed and of the same metre
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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In historicizing poetic form in terms of rule and transgression Wolfson notes that political and aesthetic orthodoxy do not always hold hands, that looseness in couplets is not invariably associated with looseness of principles, but she finds much-needed support in Hazlitt's linking of revolutionary poetics with radicalism.
Despite these advantages, however, the domination/subordination approach has a fatal flaw: it represents the very embodiment of the double couplet. The subordinate group is, by definition, the victim and the problem.
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