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  1. MsJacquiiC

    Poetica Magnifique Staff Member
    Jun 8, 2006
    An address to a dead or absent person, or personification as if he or she were present. In his Holy Sonnet “Death, Be Not Proud,” John Donne denies death’s power by directly admonishing it.

    [fieldset=Holy Sonnets: “Death, Be Not Proud” by John Donne]Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
    For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
    Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
    And soonest our best men with thee do go,
    Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
    Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
    And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
    And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
    One short sleep past, we wake eternally
    And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.[/fieldset]

    In the poem below, Emily Dickinson addresses her absent object of passion in “Wild Nights! - Wild Nights!” -- This is a perfect example of 'apostrophe' in use:

    [fieldset=Wild Nights - Wild Nights! (269) by Emily Dickinson]Wild nights - Wild nights!
    Were I with thee
    Wild nights should be
    Our luxury!

    Futile - the winds -
    To a Heart in port -
    Done with the Compass -
    Done with the Chart!

    Rowing in Eden -
    Ah - the Sea!
    Might I but moor - tonight -
    In thee![/fieldset]
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