You know that saying – less is more? Well, the Alexandrine form is one of those opportunities that really forces you to embrace that concept.
In English, a 12-syllable iambic line adapted from French heroic verse. The last line of each stanza in Thomas Hardy’s “The Convergence of the Twain” and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “To a Skylark” is an alexandrine.
– You get 1 line – 12 syllables. That’s it.
We’re so not worried about the iambic part of it right now. Let’s see what you can do with just twelve syllables!
Let’s have an example:
A wall of white appeared and I was not afraid.
Now that’s a complete lie. I saw the pictures from Buffalo, and if I had been there with that giant wall of snow bearing down on me…I’d have been very, very afraid. Don’t lie. You would’ve, too.
Remember, this isn’t a prompt, but a chance to try something new. You can leave them in the comments below or post them on your blog and link back to us. The point is to have fun!