Examples of Apostrophes in Literature Example #1 "Death Be Not Proud," by John Donne This sonnet is one of nineteen in Holy Sonnets or Divine Meditations, which was published after the poet's death in 1633. Donne discusses "death" in this work. He begins by asking Death to remove himself because it hurts his feelings when others disparage him. Then, he implores God to grant Death's patience as long as God wants men to praise Him.
Apostrophes are used to indicate the omission of letters or words from a printed text. In literature, they are often used to create a more dramatic effect. For example, in "Death Be Not Proud" by John Donne, each line of the poem contains an apostrophe that creates a different feeling or tone. This makes the reader feel like they are talking to Death itself.
In conclusion, apostrophes are used in literature to create a more dramatic effect.
Excerpt from Lord Byron's "Apostrophe to the Ocean" He is regarded as a Romantic poet, yet his writing is more autobiographical than that of the other Romantic writers. The following piece is from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and is titled "Apostrophe to the Ocean." It was written while Byron was traveling in Europe.
The sounding sea, that gives eternal melody To earth's most ancient poetry, Apostrophe to the ocean! Thou mighty voice, that speakest through the roar Of waves that on thy speechfulness depend, Thy ceaseless murmur filling up the void That lies between each thought that comes And goes like wind-blown wavelets over sand, Or feather floating on the stream: Whither do they go? Ah, no one knows; For who can tell where th'airy waywardness Of spirits takes its rise? But I have heard it said That many a good man's body lies maimed And buried 'neath his own feet, So love or hate may be his lot; And such as live content with low desires Are happy indeed!
I wonder if you know how much you mean to me? Your heart is so open, your mind is so free From the oppression of the world, that we Can never be far apart. I feel its pain and pleasure, Its highs and lows, just like my own - Which are many, I'm sure you'll agree.
An apostrophe is a symbol used to indicate that one or more letters of a word have been omitted, as in "isn't" and "we'll." It is also used to generate possessives from nouns, as in "Mike's vehicle." A man was repairing the automobile. He took off all the parts he did not need and put them in a pile by the side of the road. Then he put the car back together again and drove it away.
Apostrophes are often mistaken for quotation marks but they are different. Quotation marks are used to quote words that are spoken by someone else. When you use an apostrophe to mark an omission of text, you are using an error called "slip-sliding," which means printing some characters and leaving out others. This error was common in the early days of typewriters before printers realized that they could not type words end-on-end without causing trouble later. Today's computers avoid this problem by checking each letter as it is typed; if something looks wrong the computer will stop you before you hit the key that would cause the mistake.
The term "apostrophe" comes from the Greek word for "forsake." That's why scholars say that you should never omit the apostrophe when creating contracts, letters, or any other documents where mistakes like this can cost people money.
People sometimes get angry with apostrophes too.
Some examples include John Milton's "Lycidas," Alfred Lord Tennyson's "In Memoriam," and Walt Whitman's "When Lilacs Last Bloom'd in the Dooryard." More recently, in "Natal Command," Peter Sacks eulogized his father, while Mary Jo Bang wrote "You Were You Are Elegy" and other poems for her son.
An elegy is a poem that mourns someone who has died. Thus, an elegy is a poem that expresses grief over a loss, usually that of a loved one. Lamentations is also often called an elegy because it is both a dirge and a lament.
What is so special about these poems? What makes them different from other poems?
These poems are especially special because they are based on real people or events. Lycidas was a young man who was exiled by King Charles I of England because he would not renounce his Catholic faith. In "In Memoriam," Alfred Tennyson imagines a conversation between himself and the poet William Wordsworth. They discuss how much better poetry becomes when it is free from political concerns. Finally, they come to understand that poetry is something eternal and cannot be touched by time or circumstance. This is why these poems are considered excellent examples of elegy.