Introduction to Poetry: Day 6 – Enjambment

This is used when a grammatical sentence stretches from one line of verse to the next. You don’t put a full stop at the end of a line. I don’t always have full stops at the end of my lines; I also use commas, semi-colons or dashes in there. It was confusing as to whether I was supposed to offer an element of surprise on each new line? If not, then why is it a thing anyway? I  I felt out of my depth with enjambment, but it was worthwhile to give it a try. For more information on the intro to poetry course, follow this link. I used the daily word prompt ‘tiny’ in the second poem.


His burning fury and sharp

tongue pierced through

her body; leaving a

battered heart and ailing

mind. She settled

them in the only way

she could. A quick

prick soothed her heart

and kept terrors

at bay. Her way

to outsmart




Taking Turns

Skin soft as

butter. Silky hair

asking to be

stroked. Tiny

baby curled in a

ball, passed between

the pair. It was

her turn. Arms

outstretched, she smiled

like a clown. She liked

clowns more. Didn’t want

to drop it like a

juggling ball. When

will this






8 thoughts on “Solution

  1. I’d say you’ve got the hang of it. I always figured it was when a phrase was interrupted and continued on the next line. The phrase “leaving a battered heart” was interrupted in the middle of it. That’s what I figured it meant. Seems right to me. Good job. (Not that I know squat or I would have finished that class! rolls eyes…)

    her body; leaving a
    battered heart and ailing

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  2. I really like the first two, although from your reply to Calen I think maybe they were the second and third, or possibly the first and third, but then again, maybe not.
    You started it… 🙂
    I love this: she smiled like a clown. She liked clowns more. Didn’t want to drop it like a juggling ball.
    I dropped a baby once, when I was about nine. For years I worried that it had been I who had caused her special needs, but then I looked at the rest of her family, and saw that she was the brightest. Maybe the shake-up did her good… 🙂

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  3. I remember thinking the same thing regarding your thoughts about emjambment – what’s it all for if it kind of does what a poem does anyway, naturally, on its own. But these definitely read slightly differently from some of your other poems before you started the poetry class. And the “Solution” poem definitely reads smoothly from line to line. Both are wonderful!

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