An end-stopped, rhymed couplet that contains a complete thought.
Such couplets were usual ways of closing and resuming Renaissance
sonnets, although they are found elsewhere as well. Here is one
which ends Shakespeares Sonnet 94:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
Please log in
to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List
), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account
with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions
Editors. "Closed Couplet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=196, accessed 17 January 2017.]