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
- 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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