Enjambment

Terms for unfamiliar texts – today enjambment. Enjambment is the running over of the sense and grammatical structure from one line to the next without a punctuated pause. This means a  run‐on line and the completion of a phrase or sentence is held over to the following line so that the line ending is not emphasised as it is in an end‐stopped line. For example here is an example from the poet John Keats – the first and fifth lines are end‐stopped while the lines in between are enjambed.

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

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