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Welcome to Young Writers' free Poetry Glossary

What is an 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.

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