Definition - An audible pause in a line of verse. It is usually indicated by either punctuation marks or double pipes (||).

Example -
In Pope's To err is human; to forgive, divine the caesura is indicated by the semicolon.

Etymology -
In Latin the word literally means "a cutting" (from the Latin cædere, to cut down).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1573:
"Cæsura … a peece of a sentence or verse.'
(Cooper Thesaurus)

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