[en-jam-muh nt, -jamb-]
- the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a syntactical break.
Origin of enjambment
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Now Bartels points out that in Layamons verse there is no enjambment and no beginning of a clause in the middle of a half-line.
The piece is vigorous, if not quite Clevelandish in the presence of some enjambment, and the absence of extravagant conceit.Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III
Enjambment, en-jamb′ment, n. in verse, the continuation of a sentence beyond the end of the line.
- prosody the running over of a sentence from one line of verse into the next
C19: from French, literally: a straddling, from enjamber to straddle, from en- 1 + jambe leg; see jamb
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Word Origin and History for enjambment
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