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Alexandrine

Type:  

Line

 
Description: 

Authorities disagree how specific to get about this form. It comes from the French who don’t believe their language is stressed. As such, their poetry is syllabic, and the alexandrine is a twelve-syllable line. It is as important to the French as iambic pentameter is to English poets. Some authorities claim that alexandrines in English are iambic hexameter. Several other forms use alexandrines as a base, such as the Teddy Poem.

 
Origin: 

French

 
Schematic: 
xX xX xX xX xX xX

or

xxxxxxxxxxxx
 
Line/Poem Length: 

12

 
See Also:  

Alexandrine Couplets, Bref Double, Heroic Couplets, Iamb, Lai, Poulter's Measure, Spenserian Stanza, Teddy Poem, Trine

 
Status: 

Incomplete

 

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