Alexandrine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Alexandrine (prosody) a line of verse that has six iambic feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alexandrine A kind of verse consisting in English of twelve syllables. "The needless Alexandrine ends the song,
      That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along."
    • a Alexandrine Belonging to Alexandria; Alexandrian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alexandrine Same as Alexandrian, 1.
    • n alexandrine In prosody, an iambic hexapody, or series of six iambic feet. French Alexandrines are written in couplets, alternately acatalectic with masculine rimes and hypercatalectic with feminine rimes. French tragedies are generally composed in Alexandrines. The cesura occurs at the end of the third foot. The second line of the following extract is an example:
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alexandrine al-egz-an′drin a rhyming verse of twelve syllables, six iambic feet, so-called from its use in old French poems on Alexander the Great. It is the ordinary verse of French tragedy. French Alexandrines are arranged in couplets, alternately acatalectic with masculine rhymes, and hypercatalectic with feminine rhymes.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. alexandrin,

Usage

In literature:

One of the longest poems in the English language is in the Alexandrines, viz.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
They are the ablest possible debate arrayed in the pomp of Alexandrine verse.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
But there is a serpent in every Eden, and in that of the Sergeot this role was assumed by Alexandrine Caille.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
Eugene B. Kuntz, is cast in Alexandrine quatrains, a rather uncommon measure.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
As in glyptic so in poetic art, the Hellenism of the time was decadent and Alexandrine rather than Attic of the best period.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
There is generally two together, ended with an Alexandrine.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
The ears of the people were saturated with Alexandrines classical, romantic, and the rest.
"Underground Man" by Gabriel Tarde
Alexandrine has applied to me for money.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 5 of 6" by Eugène Sue
Sometimes the last line is an Alexandrine.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The Alexandrines placed her on the throne in succession to her father (58 B.C.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
This poem gives the name "Alexandrine" to all European verse written in the same metre.
"Spain" by Wentworth Webster
There are 7 Alexandrines and 21 triplets.
"Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats" by Barnette Miller
Holberg walks throughout his poem on the high-heeled Alexandrines of the age.
"Ludvig Holberg, The Founder of Norwegian Literature and an Oxford Student" by Simon Christian Hammer
It is doubtful how far the Alexandrine poets can be relied upon as giving accurate information respecting details of ancient use.
"Boating" by W. B. Woodgate
It has been said that the excellence of the twelve-syllabled verse used in this romance was the origin of the term alexandrine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 2" by Various
The metre is the rhymed alexandrine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5" by Various
Demetrius Phalereus, Alexandrine librarian, i.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume IV (of 4)" by George Grote
One of the leaders in this movement in Vienna was Princess Alexandrine Windisch-Graetz.
"The Iron Ration" by George Abel Schreiner
Tencin, Madame de Claudine Alexandrine Guerin, 7 and note.
"Genius in Sunshine and Shadow" by Maturin Murray Ballou
The Alexandrine Aqueduct was built by Alexander Severus in the year A.D. 225.
"Old Rome" by Robert Burn
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