enjambment

enjambed, adj.
/en jam"meuhnt, -jamb"-/, n., pl. enjambments /-meuhnts/. Pros.
the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza to the next without a syntactical break.
[1830-40; < F enjambement, equiv. to enjamb(er) to stride over, project, encroach (en- EN-1 + -jamber, deriv. of jambe leg; see JAMB1) + -ment -MENT]

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poetry
also called  run-on 

      in prosody, the continuation of the sense of a phrase beyond the end of a line of verse. T.S. Eliot (Eliot, T.S.) used enjambment in the opening lines of his poem The Waste Land:

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

      Compare end stop.

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