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She’s fond of quoting Goethe couplets.
  poetry:  two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
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couplet couplets
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  • She’s fond of quoting Goethe couplets.
  • None of the older women had any education, but they all told stories and recited what we call tapa, Pashto couplets.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • It would be nice to say that I smiled and spoke of pleasant things in carefully metered rhyming couplets, like Prince Gallant from some faerie story.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I couldn’t recall the last time someone had cared about me enough to curse my enemies with rhyming couplets.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • And then she sang to herself, a little couplet Bod had never heard before.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Joe recited this couplet with such manifest pride and careful perspicuity, that I asked him if he had made it himself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Last time Apollo cursed a cabin, it took a week for the rhyming couplets to wear off.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Five couplets of alternating stressed and unstressed syllables.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • CYRANO (reciting, as if repeating a lesson): Know then that the ballade should contain Three eight-versed couplets….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I went up to him as he was singing a love ditty and looking tenderly at a lady, and interrupted him exactly in the middle of the second couplet.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • Billy found the couplet so comical that he not only laughed-he shrieked.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The couplet does not cease to be, nor does its meaning change.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I hated the very idea of the eighteenth century, with all those smug men writing tight little couplets and being so dead keen on reason.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • For the age of Dryden and Pope the rhyming couplet was the only candidate, but the couplet fell from favor and the blank verse of Paradise Lost came to be recognized as the English heroic measure.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • This is mere madness: And thus a while the fit will work on him; Anon, as patient as the female dove, When that her golden couplets are disclos’d, His silence will sit drooping.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • In the meantime, some one had approached her, as she was beginning the first couplet of the romance, and suddenly she heard a voice saying very near her ear:— "You have two beautiful children there, Madame."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This is how Chapman translated The Iliad (first in 1598), though he turned in his Odyssey (1614) to rhymed decasyllabic couplets.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Come hither, knight; come hither, Fabian; we’ll whisper o’er a couplet or two of most sage saws.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • The malicious actress had seen the Marquesa arrive and presently began improvising couplets alluding to her appearance, her avarice, her drunkenness, and even to her daughter’s flight from her.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Shakespeare himself often works a statement of its own into that last couplet, but it also usually ties in pretty closely with the third quatrain.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Boland, in fact, was said to have written on the slates in the yard a couplet about a classmate of his who often rode home from the college on a pony: As Tyson was riding into Jerusalem He fell and hurt his Alec Kafoozelum.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • She had written versions of the deportment and civics texts in hendecasyllabic couplets, like those used for spelling, but she could not obtain official approval for them.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Some neighbors even affirm that they had once seen, through an air-hole, Archdeacon Claude excavating, turning over, digging up the earth in the two cellars, whose supports had been daubed with numberless couplets and hieroglyphics by Nicolas Flamel himself.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Why could he never get more than a couplet at a time?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Then many things hidden within him came out; he learnt couplets by heart and sang them to his boon companions, became enthusiastic about Beranger, learnt how to make punch, and, finally, how to make love.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The wall facing me was lined with overlapping scrolls of couplets, gifts to our family from scholars who had used our ink over the last two hundred years.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • I had completely forgotten that after the wedding ceremony Arabella and the medical prince link arms and, speaking in unison, step forward to address to the audience a final couplet.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • We stood not far from a paper goods stand decorated with red streamers, good luck couplets, red and gold double-happiness symbols, and painted images of the goddess Gupo.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • …uttered phrases at once occult and familiar, like the amulet worn on the heart; the pulpit where the minister delivered unquestioned doctrine, and swayed to and fro, and handled the book in a long accustomed manner; the very pauses between the couplets of the hymn, as it was given out, and the recurrent swell of voices in song: these things had been the channel of divine influences to Marner—they were the fostering home of his religious emotions—they were Christianity and God’s kingdom…
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • (He quotes a translation of the dosing couplet sardonically.) "Lo, sleep is good; better is death; in sooth, The best of all were never to be born."
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • It was not about the beginning of his speech that Mr. Brooke was at all anxious; this, he felt sure, would be all right; he should have it quite pat, cut out as neatly as a set of couplets from Pope.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • PLAYER (lost) : There we were-demented children mincing about in clothes that no one ever wore, speaking as no man ever spoke, swearing love in wigs and rhymed couplets, killing each other with wooden swords, hollow protestations of faith hurled after empty promises of vengeance-and every gesture, every pose, vanishing into the thin unpopulated air.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • "I shall see about that," said Mrs. Yeobright; and they turned towards the inn, known in the neighbourhood as the Quiet Woman, the sign of which represented the figure of a matron carrying her head under her arm, beneath which gruesome design was written the couplet so well known to frequenters of the inn:— SINCE THE WOMAN’S QUIET LET NO MAN BREED A RIOT.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • I long to compose rhymed couplets upon the poodle of a countess.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • A view afterwards condensed into his memorable couplet: "Striving to be man, the worm Mounts through all the spires of form."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • No hallowed skein of stars can ward, I trow, ran the couplet.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • So Taleswapper spoke, forming the words into couplets as he said them because that was how visions ought to be expressed, in poetry.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • "let you and /I/" and "nor is it /me/"; Matthew Prior, in a famous couplet, achieved this: [Pg220] For thou art a girl as much brighter than /her/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • An FBI security detail at the Plaza had reported that the protest was growing loud and that the party guests, as they entered, were being cursed in rhyming couplets, exposed to obscene signs and gestures, spat upon at close range and forced to duck an occasional flying object.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • " By the time my "bookish" reputation and thick glasses became a target for the neighborhood bullies, I responded by composing juvenile, but truly "heroic" rhyming couplets in my head.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • The Ares camper tried to stab him and cuss him out in rhyming couplets.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • A Shakespearean sonnet, on the other hand, tends to divide up by four: the first four lines (or quatrain), the next four, the third four, and the last four, which turn out to be only two (a couplet).
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • For the age of Dryden and Pope the rhyming couplet was the only candidate, but the couplet fell from favor and the blank verse of Paradise Lost came to be recognized as the English heroic measure.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • She produced price signs for supermarkets and jewelry stores in Oakland and San Francisco, good-luck couplets for restaurant openings, banners for funeral wreaths, and announcements for births and weddings.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • It was mentioned as the most inspiring in the closing speech, and some in the audience asked him to repeat whole stanzas and couplets, exclaiming "Wah wah" when a particular line pleased them, which is a bit like "Bravo."
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Each couplet, by definition, having two syllables.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The couplet by our family’s shop was particularly fine.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • The school baseball star, Peter Greer, was having trouble remembering the number of couplets necessary for a line of Shakespearean iambic pentameter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Ladies,’ said the officer, ’do not disturb yourselves; allow me time just to kill this gentleman, and I will return and finish the last couplet.’
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I saw the family gateway, the arch with its peeling timber, the fading red couplet banners that hung on the pillars.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
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