Intro to Poetry: Day 6 — Screen, Enjambment

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.

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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.


On Screen

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.


About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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5 Responses to Intro to Poetry: Day 6 — Screen, Enjambment

  1. depatridge says:

    Reblogged this on omigacouk and commented:
    Great thoughts and guide to appreciating peotry.

  2. very useful information and a lovely poem

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