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- adj. Of or pertaining to a caesura.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to a cæsura.
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- adj. of or relating to a caesura
Often there are pauses within a bar, just as literary poets often include caesural breaks within their lines.
This applies especially to poetry, which demands, in order to preserve the rhythm, that the caesural pause should not be slighted, and that there should be a more or less marked pause at the end of each line:
The rhythm and the grouping appear to be at variance; but the difficulty is easily overcome by making the caesural pause shorter than the pause after "heather" which introduces the group, and at the same time, by not allowing the voice to fall on the word "spot."
In the second line, the caesural pause occurs after "spot," but the phrase "from the spot where he had dropped and died" expresses one idea and must be given as a whole.
Il faut que votre mère | | se reposer, he told her, with the grave caesural pause which he always made in the middle of a French sentence.
There is no comma at barebill in any MS., but a gap and sort of caesural mark in A.
The MS. marks the caesural place in ten of the lines: in line 2, between Both and these.l. 3, at the full stop.l. 6, fancies, feigns, deems, take three stresses.l. 11, after man.
Moreover, there is no way of enunciating this line which will avoid the confusion; because if, knowing that sally should not have the same intonation as squander, the reader mitigates the accent, and in doing so lessens or obliterates the caesural pause which exposes its accent, then ranks becomes a genitive and sally a substantive.
In the original the opening strophe, which is altogether more regular than the average and is, moreover, one of the few that have also complete caesural rhyme, is as follows:
The prevailing metre is the Alexandrine or fourteen syllabled verse with a caesural pause after the eighth; but the lines often run into sixteen or even twenty syllables, and sometimes stop at twelve or ten.
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