When a phrase, a clause, or a sentence in a line of poetry doesn't finish at the line break but spills over into the next line, that's an enjambment.

If you know French, you'll recognize the word jambe "leg" — an enjambment is like a leg striding from one line to the next. You can see that leap from one line into the next in T. S. Eliot's poem "The Waste Land," where each of the first three lines ends with an enjambment: "April is the cruelest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain."

Definitions of enjambment
  1. noun
    the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause
    synonyms: enjambement
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    type of:
    inflection, prosody
    the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
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