from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Ending in a syntactic and rhythmic pause. Used of a line of verse or a couplet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a break or pause at the end of the line: applied to poetry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (verse) having a rhetorical pause at the end of each line
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Composing end-stopped lines so they can be interchanged in rhyme, meter and syntax, if that is your only goal, is not actually very difficult, though it is time-consuming.
The quatrains are set apart from one another by the rhyme scheme and by heavily end-stopped punctuation at the conclusion of each.
The lines in this passage are generally end-stopped, that is, with a marked pause at the end of each, and the individual lines are not interrupted in the middle by pauses.
The scraping noise of his awkward sledge echoed off 'the fronts of the leaning buildings; otherwise, there was no sound but the end-stopped thuds of his footfalls, and an occasional bluster of evening 108
E.g.: How largely are the lines end-stopped (with a break in the sense at the end of each line, generally indicated by a mark of punctuation), how largely run-on (without such pause)?
He had received the couplet from Dryden, but he polished it to a greater finish, emphasizing, on the whole, its character as a single unit by making it more consistently end-stopped.
His blank verse, too, is comparatively clumsy -- padded with unnecessary words and the lines largely end-stopped.
The verse is unrimed, not arranged in stanzas, and with lines more commonly end-stopped (with distinct pauses at the ends) than is true in good modern poetry.
Marlowe, virtually a beginner, could not be expected to carry blank verse to that perfection which his success made possible for Shakspere; he did not altogether escape monotony and commonplaceness; but he gained a high degree of flexibility and beauty by avoiding a regularly end-stopped arrangement, by taking pains to secure variety of pause and accent, and by giving his language poetic condensation and suggestiveness.
The variations of run-on lines (which, of course, carry with them the frequency of pauses within the line, and inversely the growing rarity of end-stopped lines) are closely parallel to those of the feminine endings; while the increase in the proportion of speeches ending within the line is still more striking.
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