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Cesura

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cesura See Cæsura.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cesura In prosody, a division made in a line by the termination of a word, especially when this coincides with a pause in delivery or recitation. Strictly, cesura is the division made by the termination of a word within a foot, the division occasioned by the concurrence of the end of a word with the end of a foot being called dieresis. This distinction of terms is not, however, generally observed in treating of modern poetry. A masculine cesura is one which immediately follows a syllable bearing the ictus or metrical accent; a feminine cesura is one which succeeds a metrically unaccented syllable. A cesura is called trithemimeral, penthemimeral, or hephthemimeral, according as it occurs in the middle of the second, third, or fourth foot. In the dactylic hexameter the cesura after the first of the two short syllables of the dactyl is called the trochaic cesura or cesura after the trochee (of the second, third, or fourth foot, as the case may be). In the same kind of verse a division at the end of the fourth foot is called a bucolic cesura, more accurately a bucolic dieresis. In the following examples the cesura is marked by a dagger (), the dieresis by a parallel (‖). Thus, in the lines of English heroic verse (iambic pentapody) given below there is a dieresis after the third foot of the first line, and a cesura in the fourth and third feet of the second and third lines respectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cesura a syllable cut off at the end of a word after the completion of a foot: a pause in a verse
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—cædĕre, cæsum, to cut off.

Usage

In literature:

In the decasyllabic line the cesura generally followed the fourth, but sometimes the sixth, tonic syllable.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
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