Caesural



Prosody. a break, especially a sense pause, usually near the middle of a verse, and marked in scansion by a double vertical line, as in know then thyself ‖ presume not God to scan.
Classical Prosody. a division made by the ending of a word within a foot, or sometimes at the end of a foot, especially in certain recognized places near the middle of a verse.
any break, pause, or interruption.
Historical Examples

The Letters of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce
Chaucer’s Works, Volume 1 (of 7) — Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems Geoffrey Chaucer

noun (pl) -ras, -rae (-riː)
(in modern prosody) a pause, esp for sense, usually near the middle of a verse line Usual symbol |
(in classical prosody) a break between words within a metrical foot, usually in the third or fourth foot of the line
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