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

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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...

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