Octosyllabic rhyming couplets

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In poetry octosyllabic rhyming couplets consist of paired lines (couplets) of eight syllables each (octosyllabic) that rhyme with each other. It was the most common form of poetry during the late Middle Ages in France, and was only ever put aside for heroic meter or else a song form.


From the fabliau Du boucher d'Abbeville by Eustache d'Amiens.

Segnour oies vne merueille
Conques noistes sa pareille
Que ie uoel dire et conter
Or metes cuer a lescouter
Parole qui nest entendue
Sachies quele est enfin perdue