E is for Enjambment


An enjambment is the opposite of another poetic term starting with the letter “e” – the end-stop. Whereas end-stopped describes a metrical line ending at a grammatical boundary or break (think dash, period, parenthesis, colon, or semicolon), an enjambment works more like a run-on sentence, adding fluidity to the rhythm.


“The running-over of a sentence or phrase from one poetic line to the next, without terminal punctuation.”

Source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/glossary-terms

In the kid lit arena, Shel Silverstein offers some excellent examples of enjambment. “Invitation” from Where the Sidewalk Ends is one of my favorites.



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