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Examples of Apostrophe (Grades 11-12)

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Examples of Apostrophe

1. 
From "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats

Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!
No hungry generations tread thee down;
The voice I hear this passing night was heard
In ancient days by emperor and clown…

Why is the passage above an example of apostrophe?



2. 
From Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die.

Why is the passage above an example of apostrophe?



3. 
From Macbeth by Shakespeare

Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee! I have thee not, yet I see thee still!

Why is the passage above an example of apostrophe?



4. 
From Sonnet 10 by John Donne

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

Why is the passage above an example of apostrophe?



5. 
The Rising Sun by John Donne

"Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains, call on us?"

Why is the passage above an example of apostrophe?



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