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  1. line break(Noun)

    A point in writing where text that would normally continue on the same line starts at the beginning of a new line.

  2. line break(Noun)

    A character indicating that subsequent characters should appear on a separate line of text; newline, line feed.

  3. line break(Noun)

    a break made through the opposition's defensive line

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  1. Line break

    A line break in poetry is the termination of the line of a poem, and the beginning of a new line; within the standard conventions of Western literature, this is usually but not always at the left margin. Line breaks may occur mid-clause, creating enjambment, a term that literally means 'to straddle'. Enjambment "tend[s] to increase the pace of the poem", whereas end-stopped lines, which are lines that break on caesuras, emphasize these silences and slow the poem down. Line breaks may also serve to signal a change of movement or to suppress or highlight certain internal features of the poem, such as a rhyme or slant rhyme. Line breaks can be a source of dynamism, providing a method by which poetic forms imbue their contents with intensities and corollary meanings that would not have been possible to the same degree in other forms of text. An example may be taken from E.E. Cummings' poem 'old age sticks' scolds Forbid den Stop Must n't Don't The line break within 'must/n't' allows a double reading of the word as both 'must' and 'mustn't', whereby the reader is made aware that old age both enjoins and forbids the activities of youth. At the same time, the line break subverts 'mustn't': the forbidding of a certain activity—in the poem's context, the moral control the old try to enforce upon the young—only serves to make that activity more enticing.

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