Driven by enjambment


A run-on line of poetry in which logical and grammatical sense carries over from one line into the next. An enjambed line differs from an end-stopped line in which the grammatical and logical sense is completed within the line. In the opening lines of Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess," for example, the first line is end-stopped and the second enjambed:

That's my last Duchess painted on the wall,
Looking as if she were alive. I call
That piece a wonder, now....

"Literature | Glossary of Poetic Terms " via

I've spent the day flipping from Contacts: Langue et culture françaises, 8th Ed. to the dreamy My French Life to Edward Hirsch's blessedly sane How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry, which led me to the site above. Back, forth, back, forth, here's a cup of tea, back, forth, the telephone rings, back, forth.

One might say that in general and with most things I proceed by enjambment.

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