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If you’ve ever read Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss, you are familiar with the couplet. A couplet is two lines of verse that follow one another and are connected by rhythm and rhyme. They make a poem pop with their lyrical language and pacing, like this couplet from English poet Alexander Pope:

*True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance. *

Poets use the quick pacing and brief language of couplets as a technique to make their poems memorable.