History:

An alexandroid takes its name from the alexandrine that it is composed of. An Alexandrine is a name used for several verse line types, most of which consist of two hemistichs (half-lines) of six syllables each, separated by a caesura (a word break, though it’s a bit more than that…more on that later). As far as we can tell, it was invented/discovered by poet Jared Carter.

Structure:

  • Consist of six “alexandrine”-(iambic hexameter)- lines
  • Each line is broken into four-foot and two-foot segments (meaning into two separate lines)
  • The short segments should be indented roughly ten spaces
  • Rhyming abab
  • Two divided alexandrine lines constitute a stanza

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandrine