closed couplet

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a rhymed couplet that forms a complete syntactic unit

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Hence Troy, a media age remake of Homer, is as true to our times as closed couplets to Pope's--featuring Brad Pitt, the hero of workout and martial arts and Troy itself, a stage set of pure fantasy fit for an audience unable to locate the historic city on a map.
The playwright Caryl Churchill did, when she wrote about the stock market crash of 1987 in a closed couplet comedy called Serious Money, which invited direct comparison with the South Sea Bubble of 1728 and the satires of Alexander Pope and John Gay.
Translator's note: The ghazal is a poem comprised of autonomous closed couplets, wherein each stanza can stand independently.