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  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Billy found the couplet so comical that he not only laughed-he shrieked.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • " 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.†   (source)
  • So Taleswapper spoke, forming the words into couplets as he said them because that was how visions ought to be expressed, in poetry.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • No hallowed skein of stars can ward, I trow, ran the couplet.†   (source)
  • 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."   (source)
    couplets = successive pairs of lines of verse
  • Rather I receive your bullet-riddled body with honor
    Than news of your cowardice on the battlefield
    Traditional Pashto couplet   (source)
    couplet = two successive lines of poetry; usually rhymed
  • Each couplet, by definition, having two syllables.†   (source)
  • Then I'll curse them so bad they'll be speaking in rhyming couplets for weeks.†   (source)
  • The Ares camper tried to stab him and cuss him out in rhyming couplets.†   (source)
  • The couplet by our family's shop was particularly fine.†   (source)
  • I couldn't recall the last time someone had cared about me enough to curse my enemies with rhyming couplets.†   (source)
  • 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).†   (source)
  • And having thus broached the subject, the Count went on to applaud the couplets of Pushkin, the paragraphs of Dostoevsky, and the transcriptions of Socrates and Jesus.†   (source)
  • The school baseball star, Peter Greer, was having trouble remembering the number of couplets necessary for a line of Shakespearean iambic pentameter.†   (source)
  • Five couplets, Langdon thought.†   (source)
  • From her sleeve, she pulled out our fan, whipped it open, and read the simple couplet we had written together: "Elder Sister and good friend, quiet and kind.†   (source)
  • I saw the family gateway, the arch with its peeling timber, the fading red couplet banners that hung on the pillars.†   (source)
  • Almost every door on the street led to a shop, and flanking each door were red banners with good-luck couplets.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • How had half the Vatican couplet, with its suppression of the "Trystero" line, found its way into the Folio?†   (source)
  • "In the text I go along with personally," said Bortz, "that other couplet has the last line suppressed.†   (source)
  • The other couplet?†   (source)
  • He quotes a translation of the dosing couplet sardonically.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • I long to compose rhymed couplets upon the poodle of a countess.†   (source)
  • Why could he never get more than a couplet at a time?†   (source)
  • The couplet does not cease to be, nor does its meaning change.†   (source)
  • A fifth bullet only succeeded in drawing from him a third couplet.†   (source)
  • To each discharge he retorted with a couplet.†   (source)
  • There are couplets to be sung in four places.†   (source)
  • THE VISCOUNT: But... CYRANO (reciting, as if repeating a lesson): Know then that the ballade should contain Three eight-versed couplets... THE VISCOUNT (stamping): Oh!†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Joe recited this couplet with such manifest pride and careful perspicuity, that I asked him if he had made it himself.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • 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."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The whitewashed walls; the little pews where well-known figures entered with a subdued rustling, and where first one well-known voice and then another, pitched in a peculiar key of petition, 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 upon earth.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • This was a bold figure of speech, but not exactly the right thing; for, unhappily, the pat opening had slipped away—even couplets from Pope may be but "fallings from us, vanishings," when fear clutches us, and a glass of sherry is hurrying like smoke among our ideas.†   (source)
  • 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.'†   (source)
  • She allowed, therefore, half an hour to pass away; and as at that moment all was silence in the old castle, as nothing was heard but the eternal murmur of the waves—that immense breaking of the ocean—with her pure, harmonious, and powerful voice, she began the first couplet of the psalm then in great favor with the Puritans: "Thou leavest thy servants, Lord, To see if they be strong; But soon thou dost afford Thy hand to lead them on."†   (source)
  • She had hardly finished this couplet, when she exexclaimed:— "Do you ever go to the play, Monsieur Marius?†   (source)
  • Who was the author of that couplet which served to punctuate his march, and of all the other songs which he was fond of singing on occasion?†   (source)
  • The wild and tender accents with which Combeferre sang communicated to this couplet a sort of strange grandeur.†   (source)
  • This tavern created a joyous noise in the very spot which old Theophilus described in the following couplet:— La branle le squelette horrible D'un pauvre amant qui se pendit.†   (source)
  • All that the bourgeois have to do is to bear themselves well, I'll sneeze them out subversive couplets.†   (source)
  • He began to sow along the sleeping or terrified houses these incendiary couplets:— "L'oiseau medit dans les charmilles, Et pretend qu'hier Atala Avec un Russe s'en alla.†   (source)
  • Duchesses, the most delicate and charming women in the world, went into ecstasies over couplets like the following, addressed to "the federates":— Refoncez dans vos culottes[20] Le bout d' chemis' qui vous pend.†   (source)
  • She gazed at them, she admired them, in such emotion that at the moment when their mother was recovering her breath between two couplets of her song, she could not refrain from addressing to her the remark which we have just read:— "You have two pretty children, Madame."†   (source)
  • This is how Chapman translated The Iliad (first in 1598), though he turned in his Odyssey (1614) to rhymed decasyllabic couplets.†   (source)
  • Pope's Iliad has admirers as a monument of English verse and Augustan culture; but the regular march of heroic couplets sounds unlike Homer, and the classicist Richard Bentley was right, if only on this ground, to say, "A very pretty poem, Mr. Pope, but you mustn't call it Homer."†   (source)
  • "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/.†   (source)
  • Come hither, knight; come hither, Fabian; we'll whisper o'er a couplet or two of most sage saws.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
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