and in the last line the iambic pentameter gives place to an Alexandrine
(an iambic hexameter).
Ross further explains: "The rhyming alexandrines
immediately give us the sense of a classical poem, and the diction is essentially simple, yet poetic" (xxi).
Lovichi and Apollinaire share a musical quality (the former calling one of his sections "Premier feu, petite suite en si mineur"), still anchored, for the most part, in traditional verse forms (octosyllables and alexandrines
abound), though here frequently disguised, as in "Comme/au matin / s'eleve un lent vol de colombes.
This volume publishes the results of excavations carried out in 1997-98 in the necropolis of Gabbari, on the west side of Alexandria, by the Centre des Etudes Alexandrines
(CEA) under the direction of Jean-Yves Empereur.
The poem consists of 3,792 alexandrines
in rhyming couplets, and concerns the life and martyrdom of Cristine of Tyre, a city which is here situated in Lombardy.