The definition of Enjambment as a poetic device is a bit more complex and interesting than expressed in this class’s resource page. But the overall meaning is essentially the same. For some good examples from classic poets, click on the link in the quote below.
Functions of Enjambment
Enjambment can be used to surprise the readers by delaying the meaning of a line until the following line is read. Some writers use this technique to bring humorous effects to their work. It is good to use in verse in order to create a sense of natural motion.
In poetry, the role of enjambment is normally to let an idea carry on beyond the restrictions of a single line. Another purpose of enjambment is to continue a rhythm that is stronger than a permanent end-stopping wherein complicated ideas are expressed in multiple lines.
[From Literarydevices.net ]
The topic of today’s poem is “screen” in any of its usages.
Although I am getting braver in my poetry, I continue to be startled–like a deer caught in headlights–by either the topic or the format. If you’ve read my previous poetry, however, you’ll find I use “Enjambment” a lot. It’s just a function of the way poetry was studied at my high school so many decades ago. Here is today’s attempt.
Old photos stop, then disappear
On the TV screen. It is clear
That much of my life has swiftly flown,
Like the images–bright, full-blown–
In a flicker before my eyes,
As memory lives and dies.
Reblogged this on omigacouk and commented:
Great thoughts and guide to appreciating peotry.
very useful information and a lovely poem
Thank you. Sometimes, the Bloggers U information just isn’t enough. Glad you found the information useful. It helped me a lot to read the old poets’ works with a single device in mind.