Closed Couplet

(50 words)
  • Editors

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

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.
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Editors. "Closed Couplet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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