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Each line of the original text of the poem has a large gap in the middle like so:

"Oft Scyld Scefing             scea             ena             reatum..." (4).

What is this gap called and what purpose does it serve?


A volta. It allows for a musical interlude.


A caesura. It creates a rhythmic pause.


Endstopping. It allows the poet to take a breath.


Enjambment. It allows for thematic contrasts on either side of the gap.


Chiasmus. It sets up a crossing over of ideas on either side of the gap.

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