epic caesura

noun

Definition of epic caesura

: a feminine caesura following an extra unstressed syllable intruded into accentual iambic meter under cover of the caesural pause which is there longer than usual (as in Shakespeare's “but how of Cawdor? ∥The Thane of Cawdor lives”) contrasted with lyric caesura

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“Epic caesura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epic%20caesura. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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