England's Helicon. 1600. Facsimile, Menston, England: Scolar Press, 1978

ENJAMBMENT The term enjambment applies to a line of poetry that signals at its end no natural pause. Unlike the end-stopped line, the enjambed line lacks punctuation, prompting the reader to move directly into the next line. In the following lines from John Donne's "Air and Angels" lines 1, 2, and 4 illustrate end-stopped lines, and line 3 illustrates enjambment:

But since my soul, whose child love is,

Takes limbs of flesh, and else nothing do,

More subtle than the parent is

Love must not be, but take a body too.

In an additional example excerpted from "The Introduction" by Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, the first line represents enjambment, while the additional three lines are end-stopped:

Alas! A woman that attempts the pen Such an intruder on the rights of men, Such a presumptuous creature is esteemed, The fault can by no virtue be redeemed.

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