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Enjambment

What is Enjambment?

When a phrase, clause or a sentence in a line of poetry doesn't finish at the line break, but spills over into the next line, that's an Enjambment.

Examples of using Enjambment:

'Endymion' by Keats uses enjambment, as lines 2-4 show:

Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us... 

 

Why don't you try writing a poem using enjambment and enter it into one of our Poetry Competitions.