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.
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