In poetry, enjambment is a poetic device in which a line breaks mid-syllable or word. It can be used to emphasize a word or a phrase. Enjambment is usually found in free verse poetry, but it can be used in other styles of poetry as well. Aeschylus and Sophocles used it often in their tragedies. The name comes from the French verb enjambe, meaning to stride over or leap over.

It’s similar to a run-on sentence, but it’s a form of poetry. Enjambment occurs in many forms of poetry, including free verse, sonnets, quatrains, terza rima, iambic pentameter, and other patterns. Poets use enjambment for many reasons. Some write it because they like to see words broken up or the sound of words in different places on the page. e.g.

“I was walking through a field of flowers, and I stopped to smell them.” 

It’s not the most obvious way to say this, but it’s more interesting to read it that way.