Caesura: Explanation/ types/example

A Caesura is a `pause` in a line of poetry that is formed by the rhythms of natural speech rather than by metrics. A Caesura will usually occur in the middle or near the line of poetry. Sometimes it can occur at the beginning or the end of the line.

Types of Caesura

In Poetry there are two types of Caesura

  • Masculine  
  • And Feminine

A masculine caesura follows stress syllable or accent.

While feminine caesura follows the unstressed syllable or accent

What is the purpose of using Caesura in poetry?

The purpose of using a caesura is to create dramatic pause. It has great impact in poetry. The pause helps to add an emotional and theatrical touch to the sentences. It helps to convey a depth of sentiments in a short phrase.

A caesura is marked like; ||

Let’s see the examples:

`Piers Plowman` by William Langland

In a somer sesum || who softs, was the sonne

I schop me in- to a scround || a scheep as I wear

In Habite of an Hermite || un- holy of wrecks

Wende I wydene in this world || wonders to here

 In the above lines, each four line is divided into a medial pause || or caesura.

`An Essay on Man` by Alexander Pope

To err is human; || to forgive, divine

The Winter`s Tale by William Shakespeare

It is for you we speak, || not for ourselves

You are abused || and by some putter- on

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