When the units of sense in a passage of poetry don't coincide
with the verses, and the sense runs on
from one verse to another, the lines are said to be
enjambed. When the verse length matches the length of
the units of sense (clauses, sentences, whatever), the lines are
said to be end-stopped. The term
comes from the French for "straddling," since sentences
"straddle" several lines. For examples, see the entry for end-stopped.
From the Guide to Literary Terms by Jack Lynch.
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