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caesura  n.  (pl. E. caesuras, L. caesurae)  
A metrical break in a verse, occurring in the middle of a foot and commonly near the middle of the verse; a sense pause in the middle of a foot. Also, a long syllable on which the caesural accent rests, or which is used as a foot. Note: In the following line the caesura is between study and of. "The prop | er stud | y of | mankind | is man."
A pause or interruption (as in a conversation); as, after an ominous caesura the preacher continued.

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"Caesura" Quotes from Famous Books

... and sometimes even a peal of healthy, harsh horse-laughter comes up to you through the darkness. There is now an end of mystery and fear. Like the knocking at the door in Macbeth,[33] or the cry of the watchman in the Tour de Nesle, they show that the horrible caesura is over and the nightmares have fled away, because the day is breaking and the ordinary life of men is beginning to bestir itself among ...
— The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25) • Robert Louis Stevenson

... it must be remembered that there is always a strong caesura in the midst of the first and Alexandrine line. It is the Alexandrine which Mr. Browning has imitated in Fifine, not that of Drayton, or of the various practitioners of the Spenserian stanza from ...
— A History of English Literature - Elizabethan Literature • George Saintsbury

... in verse? Crabbe chose for his vehicle the heroic couplet in which English poetry had jog-trotted ever since the time of Pope, as it often had before; and he made it go as like Pope's couplet as he could, with the same caesura, the same antithetical balance, the same feats of rhetoric, the same inversions, and the same closes of the sense in each couplet. The most artificial and the most natural poets were at one in their literary convention. Yet such was the ...
— Imaginary Interviews • W. D. Howells

Words linked to "Caesura" :   caesural, intermission, pause, inflection, prosody, interruption

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