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Prosody a unit of two verse lines, usually a couplet



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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But Torquemada may have been confusing Cato's Distichs with Aesop's Fables in any case: the sententious maxims of the former resemble the morals of the latter, and the pseudo-Catonian Disticha moralia had been presented with the Latin Aesop so commonly and for so long as components of the Auctores octo morales.
We find a late echo of these classical treatments of Roman ruins in the two distichs of August von Platen's poem " Verfall" (1831; Platen 60), which laments Rome's inevitable decline and its beauty.
As a Paradoxist Distich is said to be a two-line poem, one content-word in each line is required at the least to form a distich.
1 but also as a term that denotes the "dense programmatic statement of literary principles" encapsulated in these two Propertian distichs.
As has been observed of Marvell's other Latin poem in elegiac distichs at this date, this verse thrives on the witty potentials in "the expansive hexameter tightening into an increasingly regular pentameter" (Norbrook 176).
Quoting Mulcaster, Foster Watson in The English Grammar Schools to 1660 comments, "If we imagine stoical ethics made easy and thrown into a simpler form of construction than, say, that of Pope in the Essay on Man, whilst retaining at least as much of abstract generalisation as Pope, an idea may be formed of the suitability of Cato's Distichs for the youngest entering into Latin.
His treatment of the sonnet (sonetus), in its division of the first eight lines into four distichs rather than two groups of four lines, may reflect a tradition different from the better-known Petrarchan form.
Would it be more/less aggressive, confident, cavalier, or what, to choose quatrains (as in Eclogue 7) rather than the distichs set by Damoetas?
There is an intricate rhythm of alliteration and assonance overwebbing the words in the quantitatively metric elegiac distichs of Propertius, for example.
The Divan of Hafiz is a large collection of odes ( ghazals ) written in five to fifteen couplets ( distichs ) each.
Luckily enough Kottke changes his method when he presents the main text, consisting of 178 elegiac distichs full of allusions, topical inventory, and historical references, a rather difficult text that needs a fundamental commentary written by a specialist in the relevant fields.
Vitalis wrote his poem in quasi-elegiac distichs of alternating dactylic feet.