Apostrophe



Apostrophe :



Figures of speech, as we have seen earlier, make the writing of prose or poetry pieces much more interesting. We have come across a few figures of speech earlier.


Apostrophe

Let us now learn a few more figures of speech.

When non-human things are addressed as humans or people who are dead are addressed as if they were alive, such a figure of speech is known as an apostrophe.

For example :

1. Fair daffodils we weep to see you haste away so soon.
2. ‘O wind, that sings so loud a song!’
3. ‘O death, layest thou thy cold hand on my beloved’s brow?’

An apostrophe should not be confused with a personification. In a personification we talk about a non-human thing as if it were human, whereas in an apostrophe, we talk to a non-human thing as if it were human.

For example :

The tree wrapped its branches lovingly over the orphans. (Personification)

O tree, do you wrap your branches lovingly over the orphans? (Apostrophe)



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