caesura definition

  • noun:
    • A pause in a line of verse determined by good sense or all-natural speech rhythm in the place of by metrics.
    • A pause or interruption, as in discussion: After another weighty caesura the senator resumed speaking.
    • In Latin and Greek prosody, some slack in a line brought on by the ending of a word within a foot, especially when this coincides with a sense division.
    • songs A pause or respiration at a spot of rhythmic division in a melody.
    • A pause or interruption in a poem, music, building or other work of art.
    • In Classical prosody, making use of two terms to divide a metrical base.
    • A metrical break in a verse, happening in the center of a foot and generally nearby the center associated with the verse; a feeling pause in the exact middle of a foot. Additionally, an extended syllable by which the c├Žsural accent rests, or which is used as a foot.
    • a pause or disruption (such as a discussion).
    • etc. See cesura, cesural, etc.
    • some slack or pause (usually for good sense) in the center of a verse range
    • a pause or disruption (as with a discussion)

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