Examples for Power of Pause: Poetic

This is a modern poem. The ends of the lines that don’t have a full stop nor comma, are suspended pauses. These are where the reader should break the voice but not completely stop the sentence. It will influence the rhythm and also enhance the meaning that the poet intended to convey.

Poetic Suspended Pause Example

My Baby Brother’s Secrets by John Voster

When my baby brother |

wants to tell me a secret, |

he comes right up close. |

But instead of putting his lips against my ear, |

he presses his ear |

tightly against my ear. |

Then, he whispers so softly |

that I can’t hear |

a word he is saying. | 

My baby brother’s secrets |

are safe with me. |

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