A caesura is a break in a conversation, a line of verse, or a song. Usually, a caesura means total silence, but not for long.

A caesura is a pause, or an interruption. In musical notation, a caesura is a break in the music, which can be a good time for a trumpet player to catch his breath. A caesura is also a break in the middle of a line of poetry. It is sometimes marked by a question mark, exclamation point, or period, as in the Sylvia Plath poem “Mirror”: “I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers."

Definitions of caesura

n a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line

Type of:
inflection, prosody
the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

n a pause or interruption (as in a conversation)

“after an ominous caesura the preacher continued”
Type of:
break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

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