Prosody the use of a run-on line of verse
Origin of enjambmentFrench enjambement ; from enjamber, to encroach ; from en- (see en-) + jambe, leg: see jamb
The continuation of a syntactic unit from one line or couplet of a poem to the next with no pause.
Origin of enjambmentFrench enjambement, from Old French enjamber, to straddle : en-, causative pref.; see en–1 + jambe, leg; see jamb.
- A technique in poetry whereby a sentence is carried over to the next line without pause.
- An instance of this:
- "The tide is full, the moon lies fair
- Upon the straits; - on the French coast the light
- Gleams and is gone..."
- Lines 2 - 4, "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold (1851)
From French enjambement.