A line break in poetry is a method by which lines of poetry are divided to show a change in the metrical pattern. Unlike prose, the poetry's rhythmic pattern can be visually seen when written using line breaks.
Line breaks are commonly used to separate lines of poetry that are written beginning at the left margin. Line breaks can be used to create enjambment, which is a break that occurs at mid-clause to increase the pace of a poem. They can also slow the poem down with end-stopped lines to highlight the silences. In addition, they can be used to accentuate other aspects of the poem, such as slant rhymes.