from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In verse, the putting over into a following line of a word or words necessary to complete the sense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause


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  • Labor produces, capital has value: and when, by a sort of ellipsis, we say the value of labor, we make an enjambement which is not at all contrary to the rules of language, but which theorists ought to guard against mistaking for a reality.

    System of Economical Contradictions: or, the Philosophy of Misery

  • [Edrica] Huws uses enjambement more adventurously than [Howard] Nemerov.

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  • Mr. Bateson's discussion of my use of enjambement could have come straight out of a TLS condescension to almost any good American poet.

    Beowulf in America

  • John Wesley caught this trick of enjambement from Prior, and his hymns abound with it.

    The Hymns of Methodism in their Literary Relations

  • Note, this unusual _enjambement_; but the _mente_ of adverbs still has largely the force of a separate word.

    Modern Spanish Lyrics

  • With the process of _enjambement_ or overlapping, promiscuously and unskilfully indulged (the commonest fault during the last two centuries), it is apt to degenerate into a kind of metrical and barely metrical prose, distinguished from prose proper by less variety of cadence, and by an occasional awkward sacrifice of sense and natural arrangement to the restrictions which the writer accepts, but by which he knows not how to profit.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • _Pharonnida_, a story of the most involved and confused character but with episodes of great vividness and even sustained power: a piece of versification straining the liberties of _enjambement_ in line and want of connection in syntax to the utmost; but a very mine of poetical expression and imagery.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • He admired the "Story of Rimini," [31] and he adopted in his early verse epistles and in "Endymion" (1818), that free ante-Popean treatment of the couplet with _enjambement_, or overflow, double rimes, etc., which Hunt had practised in the poem itself and advocated in the preface.

    A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century

  • But Chowder ignores dramatic verse completely and only mentions Milton once, without considering what that king of enjambement was up to. news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph

  • Even when I use enjambement -- the continuation of a line or sentence across lines or stanzas News


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