cesura

cesura

[suh-zhoor-uh, -zoor-uh, siz-yoor-uh]
noun, plural cesuras, cesurae [suh-zhoor-ee, -zoor-ee, siz-yoor-ee] .

cesural, adjective
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cesura (sɪˈzjʊərə)
 
n , pl -ras, -rae
prosody a variant spelling of caesura
 
ce'sural
 
adj

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cesura

in modern prosody, a pause within a poetic line that breaks the regularity of the metrical pattern. It is represented in scansion by the sign . The caesura sometimes is used to emphasize the formal metrical construction of a line, but it more often introduces the cadence of natural speech patterns and habits of phrasing into the metrical scheme. The caesura may coincide with conventional punctuation marks, as in the following Shakespearean line, in which a strong pause is demanded after each comma for rhetorical expression: This blessed plot,this earth,this realm,this England,

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