Caesura

Definition:
This literary device involves creating a fracture of sorts within a sentence where the two separate parts are distinguishable from one another yet intrinsically linked to one another. The purpose of using a caesura is to create a dramatic pause, which has a strong impact. The pause helps to add an emotional, often theatrical touch to the sentence and conveys a depth of sentiment in a short phrase.

Example:
Mozart- oh how your music makes me soar!

4 thoughts on “Caesura”

  1. Is it still called caesura if one character interrupts the other?

    Viola: Dear lady-
    Olivia: Give me leave, I beseech you.

  2. Good Example
    Try thinking of the show Maury, when mothers are trying to convince their ex-lovers that they were the father. Then just before Maury tells you they DNA results he goes to commercial.

  3. Heart of Darkness:
    “I don’t like work-no man does- but I like what is in the work-the chance to find yourself. Your own reality- for yourself, not for others- what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show and never can tell what it really means.”

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