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A caesura is a position in a metrical pattern associated with regularly recurring word division: a word division occurring at a statistically significant position in a line of verse which usually coincides with a significant grammatical or information-structural juncture. In metrical schemata, a caesura is indicated by the symbol [⁞] placed between the two metrical positions to be divided.

The term caesura (alternate cesura), Greek tomḗ (‘a cut’), referring to a division within a line of verse seems to date back no earlier than…

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H. Paul Brown, “Caesurae”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000050>
First published online: 2013

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