The Miller's Tale Questions and Answers
by Geoffrey Chaucer

Start Your Free Trial

Where in "The Miller's Tale" are examples of the literary device caesura?

Expert Answers info

Wallace Field eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

calendarEducator since 2016

write7,419 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

In verse, the word caesura refers to a break or pause in a poetic line that is caused by natural rhythms of speech instead of by the poem's meter. These caesurae (the plural of caesura) can occur at the beginnings of lines (called initial), in the middle of lines (called medial), or at the ends of lines (called terminal ). Very often, we become aware of caesurae when they are produced as a result of periods (full stops), commas (shorter pauses), or semicolons (which produce pauses that are longer than commas but shorter than periods) in a work. However, caesurae are not always accompanied by a punctuation mark of this or any kind; they may follow an introductory clause, for example, or occur before a...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 379 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Susan Hurn eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write2,150 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial