distich Definition

  • 1a pair of lines of verse, usually rhyming and of the same length
  • 2a couplet

Using distich: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "distich" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The poem is composed of several distichs.

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    His favorite form of poetry is the heroic distich.

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    The distich is a common feature in ancient Greek and Latin poetry.

distich Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for distich

Phrases with distich

  • a witty or satirical couplet that often ends with a punchline


    Alexander Pope's "Epitaph on Sir Isaac Newton" is an epigrammatic distich: "Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night; God said 'Let Newton be!' and all was light."

  • a series of distichs that follow a particular pattern or structure


    The poem "An Essay on Man" by Alexander Pope is written in heroic couplets, which are a type of distich sequence.

  • the rhythmic pattern of a distich, which can vary depending on the poet's intention


    The distich meter of Shakespeare's sonnets is iambic pentameter.

Origins of distich

from Greek 'distikhos', from 'di-' meaning 'two' + 'stikhos' meaning 'verse'


Summary: distich in Brief

A 'distich' [ˈdɪstɪk] is a pair of lines of verse, usually rhyming and of the same length. It is also known as a couplet. The term comes from the Greek 'distikhos,' meaning 'two verses.' Distichs can be found in various forms of poetry, including epigrammatic distichs, distich sequences, and distich meters.