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caesura

Line breaks: caes|ura
Pronunciation: /sɪˈzjʊərə
 
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Definition of caesura in English:

noun

1(In Greek and Latin verse) a break between words within a metrical foot.
Example sentences
  • The Greek caesura was always much more flexible than Horace’s, and English tends to treat it as entirely movable.
  • Do you think there was anything similar to the Classical Latin caesura?
  • He appears to be aping the Latin caesura without understanding its structural purpose.
1.1(In modern verse) a pause near the middle of a line.
Example sentences
  • He indicates some of the stresses in the manuscript sources of the poem and marks the caesura or pause in each line.
  • In this it contrasts with the accentual four-stress line of Old English and Middle English alliterative verse, in which the caesura is expected to fall in the middle of the line.
  • All the words had been fully present and correctly pronounced; all the line-end pauses and caesuras had been properly respected.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin, from caes- 'cut, hewn', from the verb caedere.

Derivatives

caesural

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • In this, the repetition of ‘one man’ after the caesural pause becomes a sort of pleading, auditory hammer, asserting an individuality even as it knocks itself right out.
  • Among other things, it mentions the caesural pause as a device for finishing an imperfect foot.
  • Influenced by Italian verse, he sophisticated the stanza form, experimenting with caesural variation and applying the stanza to new subjects.

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