Entertainment / Literature / Alexandrine: A twelve-syllable line written in iambic hexameter. Alexandrines were especially popular in French poetry for drama between 1500-1800 CE, but their invention dates back to the late 1100s. The earliest medieval examples include Le P????lerinage de Charlemagne ???  J???©rusalem and Roman d'Alexandre (from which the name alexandrine comes). Racine in particular makes good use of it in Andromaque. Classical French Alexandrines are a bit different from modern English ones in that a strong stress falls on the on the sixth and last syllables with a 'wandering' unstressed syllable that can appear in-between the strong stresses on each side of the caesura. An example of an English Alexandrine appears in the second line of Alexander Pope's couplet: A needless Alexandrine ends the song. That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along.

Iambic Trimeter

Life Style / Poetry / Iambic Trimeter: A classical greek and latin metre with three iambic feet (also known in english as the alexandrine). MORE


Life Style / Poetry / Choriamb: Greek and latin metrical foot consisting of long, short, short, and long syllables / ' ~ ~ ' /: also an iambic alexandrine line with a spondee or trochee instead of an iambus in the sixth foot. For ex MORE

Spenserian Stanza

Entertainment / Literature / Spenserian Stanza: A nine-line stanza rhyming in an ababbcbcc pattern in which the first eight lines are pentameter and the last line is an alexandrine. The name spenserian comes from the form's most famous user, Spense MORE