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distich

Prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Distich

 

in poetry, a two-verse stanza. An example of distich is Sergei Esenin’s lines: “You are my leafless maple, my ice-covered maple, /Why do you stand, stooped over, under the white blizzard?”

An unrhymed hexameter or pentameter distich is called an elegiac distich. The distich appears as an independent poem in epigrams, epitaphs, and inscriptions. In eastern poetry, it is called a bait.

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