The word derives from the French Enjambement
, which literally means crossing-over, run-on
The term enjambment
is used in poetry to define a verse in which an interruption occurs even if no punctuation is used. The meaning runs over from one poetic line to the next, without being interrupted by commas or full stops.
Here is an example of enjambment
found in the poem Endymion
, written by English poet John Keats
"Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us…"