Apostrophe

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Meaning

No, not the punctuation mark—

—the rhetorical technique, which Dictionary.com defines as:

A digression in the form of an address to someone not present, or to a personified object or idea, as “O Death, where is thy sting?”

Keats used this technique in his “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” in which he starts talking to a vase:

Thou still unravished bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of silence and slow time…

No word on whether the vase found this a little weird.

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