Rhyming Couplet

Definition of Rhyming Couplet:
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme

Example of rhyming couplet #1:


    For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings
    That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

Example of Rhyming Couplet #2:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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Rhyming Couplet poetry:
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Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like rhyming couplet helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poem can be an example of rhyming couplet, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 

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