Enjambment in Thumboo’s Poem “Evening by Batok Town”

Authors

  • Bao Zhiming, National University of Singapore
  • Cao Luwen, National University of Singapore

Abstract

Enjambment is a common technique of poetry. Enjambment breaks a line at different structural points. Based on the structure of the line break, we propose four types of enjambment, and assign a severity value to them. This allows us to quantify enjambment of a stanza or poem. By examining the enjambment of Thumboo’s poem “Evening by Batok Town,†we show that there is a correlation of iconicity between the nature of the imagery of a stanza and the stanza’s enjambment value.

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Author Biographies

Bao Zhiming, National University of Singapore

Bao Zhiming is a linguist with an interest in theoretical linguistics and contact linguistics. He is now professor of the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.

Cao Luwen, National University of Singapore

Cao Luwen is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. She is working on the linguistic analysis of poetry and issues in literary translation.

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Published

2013-12-15

How to Cite

Zhiming, National University of Singapore, B., & Luwen, National University of Singapore, C. (2013). Enjambment in Thumboo’s Poem “Evening by Batok Town”. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 7(2), 264–278. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/330

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Articles on Edwin Thumboo