"After Death"

by Christina Rossetti


A New Critical Theory Analysis

By Ashley Zizich


Enjambment is a term used in poetry to refer to lines that end without punctuation and without completing a sentence or clause. When a poet uses enjambment, he or she continues a sentence beyond the end of the line into a subsequent line or lines. Enjambment is also sometimes thought of as the running on of a thought beyond a line or stanza without a syntactical break. This is the opposite of an end stopped line, in which a line ends in the same place a sentence or clause ends with terminal punctuation.



The enjambment in this sonnet signifies the beginning movement of flow that helps create a rhythm. The rhythm of the enjambment helps create the imagery of the flowers flowing through the room.