Apostrophe : Figure of Speech

Apostrophe : Figure of Speech :

By this figure the speaker addresses some inanimate thing or some abstract idea as if it were a living person or some absent person as if he were present.

It therefore includes Personification, besides possessing the peculiar property of address.

Frailty, thy name is woman!

O Death! Where is thy sting?
O Grave! Where is thy victory?
(New Testament)

O Liberty! What crimes have been committed in thy name?
(Mme Roland)

Thou, too, sail on, O ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!

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