A Line break is a poetic device used at the end of a line and the beginning of the next line in a poem. It can be used without conventional punctuation. It can also be described as a point at which a the line is split in half. Sometimes a line break in the middle of the sentence leads to an enjambment.
Examples of line breaks in literature
Example 1: Cymbeline (by William Shakespeare)
“With his own sword,
Which he waved at my neck I am absolutely
The head of him
I am absolutely
There are two examples of line breaks in the specified passage. A line break cuts off the line: “I have removed his head from him” in the middle and place the line break at the end of the second line. Another line break is used in the fourth line, where “I” is a person and has an absolute meaning. These line breaks determine the visual form of this text.
Example 2: Ulysses (By Alfred Lord Tennyson)
“Match'd with an old woman I mete and dole
Same laws to a wild race,
The hoarding and sleeping and feeding and don't know me.
I cannot rest from traveling: I will drink
Life to the yeast: All the times that I have enjoyed
Great, have suffered a lot, both with those who loved me and alone on land, and when they reach the cloudy sea: Me have become a name. Cities of the people
And manners, climate, councils, governments ... ”
There are many line breaks in this excerpt. First, a line break cuts the phrase “I make unequal laws a wild race” at the end of the first line in two parts. Similarly, a line break occurs in other lines such as “I will drink yeast for life”. "All times that I enjoyed very much, suffered a lot" and "I have become a name."
Example 3: Ode to a nightingale (by John Keats)
"My heart aches and a drowsy numbness aches
My feeling, like from a hemlock that I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate into the drain ...
The you, light-winged dryad of the tree a melodious plot…
Of bee-green and shadows countless,
Singest of summer in full throat In this excerpt, Keats has used line breaks to achieve various kinds of artistic effects. The line also forces the reader to pause slightly, which in turn reveals the following Lines reinforced.
Example 4: The second coming (by William Butler Yeats)
“Turning and turning in the expanding top
The falcon cannot hear that Falconer,
things fall apart; the center cannot hold,
The blood-darkened tide is released, and everywhere
The Ceremony of innocence has drowned;
The best have no convictions ng, while the worst
A are full of passionate intensity ...
The Second Coming! Come on over ... “
This excerpt is also filled with several line breaks. This includes “the center cannot hold”, “and the ceremony of innocence is drowning everywhere…” The poet leads the reader into surprising and varied ideas.
Example 5: Ozymandias (by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
“Half sunk lies a broken face, its frown,
And the wrinkled lip and sneering grin of the cold command,
. Say his sculptor works well reading these passions, you mighty ones, and despair!
Nothing but remains. Around the decay
Of that colossal, boundless, naked wreck
The lonely, level sands stretch far away. ”
This excerpt is also a good example of a line break. These line breaks give vitality to the poem, also creating interruptions in the flow of reading.
Line breaks can be a source of dynamism in poetry, as they provide a way for poetic forms to instill content with force and consistent meanings, which may not be possible in other types of text of the same level. devices, because they often add ambiguity and also affect meaning; however, they lead readers to surprising ideas and different understandings, as well as controlling how they come across ideas.
Popular Literary Devices
- Ad Hominem
- Deus Ex Machina
- Double Entendre
- Flash Forward
- Half Rhyme
- Internal Rhyme
- Line Break
- Non Sequitur
- Pathetic Fallacy
- Poetic Justice
- Point of View
- Red Herring
- Tragic Flaw