It’s not spring, yet in winter, I long for the promise of spring. I
force a few bulbs to grow indoors. They give me hope.
If you are a poet, you are likely familiar with the couplet…two lines that make a stanza, usually with an end rhyme. And, couplets can be strung together ad infinitum. Can’t you picture strings of couplets linked together dangling off the edge of the world?!
“We call a couplet closed when the sense and syntax come to a conclusion or strong pause at the end of the second line…giving a feeling of self-containment…We call a couplet open when the sense carries forward past the second line into the next line or lines…”
from Edward Hirsch book:
How to Read a Poem
Here’s a couplet expressing my own sentiments about the image at the top of this page:
A bed of earth below which lays
a startle of forceful green relays
a message that beneath tamped earth
there is the promise of rebirth.
This is my example of an open couplet. It is obvious that at the end of the first stanza, there is more to be said. At the end of the second stanza, there is a sense of closure. That said, I could go on and add more if I felt so inspired.
Let this image of a hyacinth bulb bursting through the soil be the inspiration for a couple of your own couplets…or more than a couple.
Share a few of your couplets under comments if you dare.