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Welcome! I’m participating in the #BlogchatterA2Z challenge where I’ll share 26 posts on the theme “The Poet’s Alphabet: 26 Secrets for Crafting Beautiful Poetry”. In each post, I’ll offer bite-sized tips and tricks for crafting and perfectly editing poetry. Today’s tip is:

Master the Art of Enjambment To Create Rhythm and Flow

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Enjambment is a technique used in poetry where a sentence or phrase runs over to the next line without any pause or punctuation at the end of the line. This means that the thought or meaning of the sentence continues onto the next line, rather than being contained within a single line. Enjambment is often used to create a sense of flow and momentum in a poem, allowing the lines to run together and giving the poem a more natural, conversational feel.

Mastering enjambment can help you create a sense of fluidity and movement in your poetry, and is a powerful tool for shaping the pace and rhythm of your work. For example, the poem “Between Walls” by William Carlos Williams consists of a single sentence divided into ten lines using enjambment.

Between Walls

       the back wings
       of the

       hospital where

       will grow lie

       in which shine
       the broken

       pieces of a green

If you notice, the use of enjambment in the poem above by William Carlos Williams is actually effective in creating a sense of fragmentation and disjointedness that reflects the bleak and desolate mood of the poem. It also helps to create a visual and sonic impact.

Thus, by breaking the lines at unexpected moments, enjambment can create tension, surprise, and movement in your poetry, allowing you to guide your reader through your work in a powerful and engaging way.

Hope you found this tip useful.

See you with another tip, tomorrow.

This post is a part of the #BlogchatterA2Z 2023 challenge.

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