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Brought to a pause at which the end of a verse line coincides with the completion of a sentence, clause, or other independent unit of syntax. End-stopping, the opposite of enjambment, gives verse lines an appearance of self-contained sense; it was favoured especially by Pope and other 18th-century poets in English in their heroic couplets, and by the classical French poets in their alexandrines. See also closed couplet.

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