Enjambement

Entertainment / Literature / Enjambement: (French, 'straddling,' in English also called 'run-on line,' pronounced on-zhahm-mah) A line having no pause or end punctuation but having uninterrupted grammatical meaning continuing into the next line. Here is an example from George S. Viereck's 'The Haunted House': I lay beside you, on your lips the while, Hovered most strange the mirage of a smile, Such as a minstrel lover might have seen, Upon the visage of some antique queen. . . . You will note there is no punctuation or pause at the end of lines one, two, and three. Instead, the meaning continues uninterrupted into the next line. Contrast this technique with end-stopped rhymes, above.

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