A mesnevi is a poem written in rhyming couplets, and is usually narrative in subject.
Such couplets were called shi to distinguish them from the pure Japanese eta or lanka.
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This group, however, is itself composite; we may distinguish a collection of antithetic couplets (x.
The Pricke of Conscience is a long religious poem, in rhyming couplets, dealing with the beginning of man's life, the instability of the world, why death is to be dreaded, of doomsday, of the pains of hell, and the joys of heaven, the two latter subjects being treated with uncompromising realism.