When used as a figure of speech Apostrophe is when someone or something is addressed but it is not really there. Imagine in a play when a character turns away and talks to some imaginary person that is not actually on the stage, that is the use of apostrophe.

The following is an example of the use of apostrophe from the novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.

“Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”

If you know of more examples of apostrophe please share them.

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