Difference Between Caesura & End Stopped Line

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Ess Kay 24 Rep.

Caesura and end stopped line are similar or different? Please explain with examples.

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English Tutor 2.76K Rep.

Nope, both are different, however people usually think that these terms are similar. End stopped line occurs at the end of a line with the definite punctuation marks like in the lines from Keats’ Bright star,

Bright Star, would I were as stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendor hung aloft the night.”

Caesura, on the contrary is a pause that mostly occurs in the middle, or beginning of a verse or sentence with or without punctuation marks, such as final two lines of Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn contains caesura,

Beauty is truth,|| truth beautythat is all

Ye know on earth,|| and all ye need to know.”

Look at the pauses and punctuation marks in the middle of both these lines that I have shown with parallel symbols.

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