What Does Couplet Mean?


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A couplet is two consecutive lines of a verse. They are generally of equal length and end with words which rhyme with each other. For instance:
"Humpty dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty dumpty had a great fall."

The couplet is meant to be of two lines but is joined by other couplets with no stanza divisions. For instance:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses, And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

The rhyming scheme for a couplet is "aa" but this is not really a thumb-rule. The couplet was first used by Chaucer in Canterbury's Tales in the 14th century, and was then popularized by poets like Alexander Pope. 14 lined poems or sonnets written by Shakespeare are also seen to end in couplets. The word "couplet" can also loosely mean "a pair" or two identical things.

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