caesura

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caesura a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
    • n caesura a pause or interruption (as in a conversation) "after an ominous caesura the preacher continued"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n caesura 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 cæsural accent rests, or which is used as a foot.☞ In the following line the cæsura is between study and of.The prop | er stud | y || of | mankind | is man.
    • caesura a pause or interruption (as in a conversation); as, after an ominous caesura the preacher continued.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caesura etc. See cesura, cesural, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caesura sē-zū′ra a syllable cut off at the end of a word after the completion of a foot: a pause in a verse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. caesura, a cutting off, a division, stop, fr. caedere, caesum, to cut off. See Concise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—cædĕre, cæsum, to cut off.

Usage

In literature:

I had no idea of caesura, my gestures destroyed its harmony, etc., etc.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
The Caesura usually occurs in the third foot; less frequently in the fourth.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
On the other hand, there is often an extra light syllable before the caesura.
"An Essay Toward a History of Shakespeare in Norway" by Martin Brown Ruud
A dissyllable or trisyllable precedes the caesura.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
To be noted, however, is the presence of feminine caesuras.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
A caesura is often called masculine when it falls after a long, feminine when it falls after a short syllable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
CAESURA, the classical term for a pause, usually grammatical and extra-metrical (i. e. not reckoned in the time scheme).
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
Even the caesura, or pause in the course of a long line, is not always easy to place.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
Caesura 520, 521 670-672.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
In a study of the caesura based on the first 200 lines there are 70 medial, 17 double caesuras.
"Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats" by Barnette Miller
It made Mr. Ripple break a Caesura and, worse, it made him try to mend it with a false quantity.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
Varied cadences and varied caesura are essential to this form of verse, otherwise the monotony is wearying to the ear.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
Are you considering, Mr. Cory, whether the caesura be intended by the poet to indicate a pause for daydreaming?
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn
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In poetry:

We are accused of terrorism
If we refuse to be wiped out
By barbarians, the Mongols or the Jews
If we choose to stone the fragile security council
Which was sacked by the king of caesuras
"We Are Accused Of Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani