END-STOPPED, ENJAMBMENT and CAESURA

 

What is END-STOPPED?

END-STOPPED means the line ends in punctuation, so that there is a distinct pause at the end of the line.

EXAMPLE

The sea is calm tonight.

What is ENJAMBMENT?

ENJAMBED LINE mean the line continues through into the next line of poetry. It is also called a “run-on” line. No punctuation will appear at the end of an ENJAMBED LINE. You are meant to read straight through the line when it contains no punctuation at the end.

EXAMPLE

She is as in a field a silken tent

At midday when a sunny summer breeze

Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent,

What is a CAESURA?

A CAESURA ia a pause in the middle of a line of poetry, indicated by a punctuation mark in order to symbolize a pause.

EXAMPLE

St. Agnes’ Eve – Ah, bitter chill it was!

The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold.

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