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Gestic Rhythm (= Stressed Enjambements)

The "Gestic rhythm" was developed by Bertolt Brechts in his essay "On Rhymeless Verse and Irregular Rhythms " and compared to the "faltering breath of a man running". This faltering counter-rhythm is realized primarily through the use of enjambements. Poets of the former GDR such as Kerstin Hensel or Karl Mickel emphasize the enjambement by making a pause: a technique that leads back to Brecht's influence.