Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Enjambment in prose, while reading in the bathtub

Prose is written in sentences and paragraphs, and on the page, the ends of prose lines are usually an accident of page and font size. So the effect of enjambment in verse, where line lengths are intentional, is rare in prose. But today, in the bathtub, I was reading Adam Gopnik's discussion of Jedediah Purdy's "Two Cheers for Politics" in The New Yorker of 12 September 2022, and when I came to the end of a page, I turned it so slowly I had time to wonder what noun was coming next: "Yet Purdy does think that Trump’s campaign, like those of Obama and Sanders, signalled an appetite for democratic [...]." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 8 November 2022)

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