Hexameter

A hexameter is a verse of six feet (Greek hex, "six"). Although dactylic hexameter was the basis for most classical epic poetry in Greek and Latin, it's not very common in English: it tends to have a strong caesura, which breaks the line into two trimeters or some other combination.

A verse of iambic hexameter is known as an Alexandrine.


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