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The Perfect Couplet

Mick Lowe 12 Feb 18 - 11:31 PM
CupOfTea 12 Feb 18 - 11:46 PM
Andy7 13 Feb 18 - 05:05 PM
GUEST,Gordon 13 Feb 18 - 05:17 PM
GUEST,guest 13 Feb 18 - 05:21 PM
Steve Shaw 13 Feb 18 - 07:41 PM
GUEST 14 Feb 18 - 03:57 AM
BobL 14 Feb 18 - 09:43 AM
Mick Lowe 14 Feb 18 - 11:09 PM
TheSnail 15 Feb 18 - 03:35 PM
GUEST 15 Feb 18 - 07:35 PM
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Subject: The Perfect Couplet
From: Mick Lowe
Date: 12 Feb 18 - 11:31 PM

Some lyrics strangle the English language in order to try and rhyme.

For me one of the best and most innovative couplets is in Sandy Denny's song "It suits me well"

And I quote..

I've never had a proper home, not one like that your's is
I've nearly always had a caravan with horses

She is greatly missed..


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: CupOfTea
Date: 12 Feb 18 - 11:46 PM

If you've a taste for strangled and stretched rhyme: Les Barker.

Not so dulcet as Denny, but infinitely charming.

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: Andy7
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 05:05 PM

These are the opposite of the kind of perfect couplet you're talking about, as they use much overworked rhymes that are not, in themselves, clever at all.

But I always thought there was a kind of perfection in the sparse couplets of 'Memories Are Made of This', each managing to paint a vivid picture in just 8 words:

One girl, one boy,
Some grief, some joy.

Your lips and mine,
Two sips of wine.

One man, one wife,
One love through life.


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: GUEST,Gordon
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 05:17 PM

Their house is a museum where people come to see 'em;
They really are a scre-am, the Addams Family.


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 05:21 PM

From The Simpsons:

'Some folk'll never eat a skunk, but then again some folk'll
Like Cletus the slack-jawed yokel!'

Or how about this rhyme violently shoehorned into Robert Burns 'Address of Beelzebub':

"Nae sage North now, nor sager Sackville,
To watch and premier o'er the pack vile"


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Feb 18 - 07:41 PM

From Rick Springfield in Jessie's Girl:

"You know, I feel so dirty when they start talking cute
I wanna tell her that I love her but the point is probably moot"


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 03:57 AM

Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy,
It's not your style;
You'll look so good that you'll be glad ya' de-
cided to smile!

"Put On A Happy Face", Lee Adams


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: BobL
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 09:43 AM

Oh b****r, that was me, didn't notice my cookie had expired.


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: Mick Lowe
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 11:09 PM

Sorry I'm going off piste with this and since I started this thread I feel bad about it.. BUT...

Listening right now to Malicorne (any one here should look them up on you tube or some where) also a French Canadian band called Le Vent du Nord, who are brilliant (again look them up on you tube), but it makes me smile that the French language is so perverse that the only way you can lines to rhyme is by repeating it. Over and over again.

Noticed the same thing when watching BBC Alba, well let's face it.. the Scots, the welsh, the Irish, the French... They're all a bunch of Celts..


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: TheSnail
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 03:35 PM

I can never forgive Ewan MacColl for -

Kissed her once again at Wapping
After that there was no stopping


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Subject: RE: The Perfect Couplet
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 18 - 07:35 PM

SS-VI

Be not self-will'd, for thou art much too fair
    To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir.


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