Caesura (1640 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


Caesura (Latin: “cutting”): the juncture between two grammatical units (e.g. successive phrases or clauses) when perceived as dividing a line of verse into segments, or half-lines (cola : singular colon). Caesurae may, but need not, be marked by punctuation:

(1) Out of this wood || do not desire to go:
Thou shalt remain here, || whether thou wilt or no. (A Midsummer Nights Dream 3.1.155-6)

The caesura in the first line of Titania’s splendidly …

Groves, Peter Lewis. "Caesura". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2004
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