I was wondering how enjambment can be used to improve the rhythm in poetry. I have seen some innovative uses of it by e.e. cummings, such as by breaking a word and writing the ending on the next line. Example:

A. me ri
Ka, my mother la
nd, land of the bra

I am looking for other ways enjambment is used to make the beat come through.

  • This is a good question, but I think for this site it should be angled slightly more towards "how is enjambment used in poetry" rather than "how can I use enjambment when writing poetry". The experts on Literature can tell you about existing literature, while those on Writing can advise you on creating your own. I've edited your question slightly to angle it more clearly into this site's scope; hope you don't mind.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 20, 2019 at 15:56
  • I am asking not how to use enjambment in general. You can see from my example I know that already. What I ask is specifically using it to improve the rhythm of a poem just like we order stressed and unstressed syllables one way or the other to get rhyme. I saw example of cummins use of it to that end and I am asking whether someone may have other ways to use it in the same regard. Nov 21, 2019 at 8:57
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    Yep, of course. I meant in my previous comment "how is enjambment used to enhance rhythm in poetry" vs "how can I use enjambment to enhance rhythm when writing poetry". Just shortened it a bit to make my comment flow more easily :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:44
  • literarydevices.net/enjambment
    – V.V.
    Nov 25, 2019 at 19:00


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