Eighteenth-century verse was most often end-stopped, as can be seen in this passage from Pope:
Nothing so true as what you once let fall,Notice each verse seems to contain a complete idea. Here, as often in Pope, sentences are restricted to couplets. Now compare a heavily enjambed stanza from the Renaissance poet Henry Vaughan:
"Most women have no characters at all."
Matter too soft a lasting mark to bear,
And best distinguished by black, brown, or fair.
With that some cried, "Away!" Straight IHere there's no sense of resting after many of the verses "Straight I" needs to be continued, as does "and led," "which no," and "only go."
Obeyed, and led
Full east, a fair, fresh field could spy;
Some called it Jacob's bed,
A virgin soil which no
Rude feet ere trod,
Where, since he stepped there, only go
Prophets and friends of God.
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