The UVic Writer's Guide


An apostrophe is a rhetorical figure by which an absent person, inanimate object (the sun, for example), or abstract being (Death) is addressed directly. John Donne uses apostrophe when he writes this:

"Death be not proud, though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadful."

(See also Personification (Prosopopeia).)

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