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Diaeresis is not so important as caesura in constituting a pause. The principal diaeresis, when it occurs, is commonly found between the fourth and fifth feet. This is known as the bucolic diaeresis, because it was a favorite with the bucolic poets, of whom the most famous was Theocritus (third century B. C.). How significant it is in Homer may be seen from the fact that the narrative sometimes comes to a complete stop at this point, and a new subject is introduced, as in A 348 and 430.

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