Echoing its scriptural provenance, the plea--invigorated by the enjambed
trio "Replace," "Inspire," "Stir"--resonates with Christian confessional literature in its most urgent form.
Poetry is not only measured, but typically countermeasured, so that spacing at one level or scale is played off against spacing at another level or scale: line against sentence, as in enjambed
blank verse, phrase against line and stanza, as in Dickinson's poems, et cetera.
In addition to Alarcon's "Roots," he quotes from an enjambed
verse in Tato Laviera's "asimilao." "Asimilao," as is well known, appears in Laviera's book of poetry AmeRican, and it is here where that missing accent in Flores's raices becomes significant.
As the enjambed
sentences, absent punctuation, and fluid swapping of referentiality between obtaining "ashes" and "undressing" Sarah reveals, Eggers's desperate attempt to transfer trauma's overflow into another's bodily containers enacts the paradoxical desire to earn emotional wholeness by generating and purging erotic excess.
Extremely long enjambed
lines can fool the reader into thinking that one is reading wordy prose poems, but this is verse, from the mind of a poet at the zenith of her powers.
The problem is that if the last line in a poem is taken to be "final," it is the one line in the poem that is not poetic, i.e., is not enjambed
. It does not go on.
Nickel is an accomplished violinist as well as a poet, and her musical sense is evident in every technical aspect of "Busking," from her accomplished rhymes to her skillful combination of enjambed
and end-stopped lines.
Syntactical forms thereby come to represent the tentative search for extension or event in the fragmented and enjambed
lines of his "flattened" poems by adding a definable sense to feelings as emotions experienced rather than reflected upon.
jump "from fir / to fire" conveys the change of state described in the clause, while the larger development from what Lucretius takes to be a bad philosophical argument to "salt tears" marks a second change of state--from a simple rearrangement of letters to liquid spilling from a listener's eyes.
Raz belongs to the Rich strain, offering poems in signature latter-twentieth-century free verse--loose, varied, enjambed
lines with occasional strophic or closed forms thrown into the mix--and cast in direct diction with straightforward syntax, as in these lines from "Visit":
pause or silence." "These bounded units," she goes on, "can be made in varying sizes and with a varying semantic goal." She specifies the word as one such "bounded unit," as in modernist and avant-garde poetry where "words (or even just letters) sometimes hang alone in an open space." More typical, of course, is the unit of the line which, as the long history of poetry analysis amply documents, can be variously counterpointed with the sentence, that is, enjambed
: "Sentence or statement may be draped, or shaped, across a number of lines." At every level, however, the crucial factor in poetry's construction of meaning is spacing:
Gilman's prose approaches the condition of poetry: written in enjambed
iambics, (iambic X-ameter), combined with the sprung rhythm of Gerard Manley Hopkins' revival of Old English verse.