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A group of words which make sense, but not complete sense on their own
A group of words which make sense when put together, often introducing a fresh idea.
Oral punctuation used to mark the sense at the beginning or end of a sense-group.
A pause used to isolate a word or phrase which therefore achieves prominence and builds suspense and climax.
When voice is suspended by the strong working of emotions.
Used at ends of lines/in between stanzas to indicate form and pattern of verse. Should be timed with the rhythm of the verse.
The number of sense-groups that can be easily said in one breath. May be longer than sense-groups and should occur where a longer pause is indicated by text.
Brackets, commas, hyphens used when a word, phrase or sentence is inserted as an explanation or after thought. The prose would make sense if the words inside parenthesis were removed.
A slight pause which occurs mid-line, usually indicated by a break in sense or a punctuation mark.
A pause on the word itself – the speaker must continue to the next line without a breath pause.
A pause or complete stop in sound, often indicated by a punctuation mark. (This is an example of a line structure in verse which affects pausing).
When the sense line of a verse continues onto the next line. When the sense line of a verse continues onto the next line. (This is an example of a line structure in verse which affects pausing).