7) "Ode Triunfal" is one of Campos's longest poems, with 32 irregular stanzas (totaling 239 verses), long lines (some reaching 20 syllables) and 11 enjambments
Again, nearly every line in this poem is divided in half by a clear caesura that is marked grammatically; but those that are not so divided lack the strong internal enjambments
of "Hymn to Proserpine" that encourage the lingering I described earlier.
In contrast to the enjambment
of "hung" and "listening" in "There Was a Boy," which thematizes the same heightening of attention that it enacts formally, the enjambment
in this description of keeping watch contains two opposed readings contingent on the reader's attention: if the attention relaxes, if the reader stops reading at the end of the line, then keeping watch keeps the fear away: it remains a "fear gone by.
In "The Bramble," a twelve-line love poem by Desbordes-Valmore herself, he takes up her taste for fragmented lines and enjambments
that embody, as in the famed son-nets of American poet Edna St.
And Raffel had to protest for his American enjambments
against the TLS objections, even as Raffel's translation did create a fairly wide U.
turn (versure) a joy, when present, into being absent from awareness, and which though it remains, is not within reach, and, while being called back in the poem, cannot be called back, and if it were staying with me now would not be joy at all, but pain.
Witty rhymes, as in a meditation on, of all topics, Venus's magnetic field: "Stern Mars is cold, Uranus gassy, / And Saturn hopelessly declasse"; equally amusing enjambments
across lines of otherwise strict meter: "Just turned nineteen, a nicely molded lad, / I said goodbye to Sis and Mother; Dad / Drove me to Wisconsin .
Her arpeggios were my pentameter, her Bach partitas were my enjambments
, my caesuras.
This creates a complex series of enjambments
, which finally produce the effect of a run-on sentence.
But O'Hara's Modernism and his connection with abstract expressionist painters and pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein (Marjorie Perloff's important early study of O'Hara, A Poet Among Painters, explores this connection) gave him license to translate painterly problems into poetry: so action paintings became poems in perpetual motion (accomplished by enjambments
and long breathless sentences); tonal issues (dramatized by color in painting) were pursued with a broad range of dictions; and, like many postmodern texts and paintings that would follow him, O'Hara made use of Lichtenstein's comic book studies and Rothko's somber abstractions, blurring the lines between high and low culture.
alone, which carry the poem along over crests of loss, transform the sentences into a single current of barely restrained anguish.
Reading Creeley's poem back then, and even now, retyping his aggressively teeny lines with their ferocious enjambments
, one realized that this was the work of a man determined to frustrate the expectations of his audience.
One of the most striking enjambments
in early hexameter, where an enjambed participle reverses the meaning of the preceding verses, is found in Homeric Hymn to Dionysus.
Browning's is written, not (as William Harmon declares) in heroic couplets (which are also called "closed" couplets, and in which the sense is completed in the second line), but in what might be called defiantly unheroic couplets, full of enjambments
, the speakers impetuosity of discourse flooding through the form almost without pause to rhyme.
These adroit enjambments
show just how expressive and sure Moore's line arrangements can be.