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a·pos·tro·phe 1

The superscript sign ( ' ), usually used to indicate the omission of a letter or letters from a word, the possessive case, or the plurals of numbers, letters, and abbreviations.

[French, from Late Latin apostrophus, from Greek apostrophos, from apostrephein, to turn away : apo-, apo- + strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.]

ap′os·troph′ic (ăp′ə-strŏf′ĭk) adj.

a·pos·tro·phe 2

The direct address of an absent or imaginary person or of a personified abstraction, especially as a digression in the course of a speech or composition.

[Late Latin apostrophē, from Greek, from apostrephein, to turn away; see apostrophe1.]

ap′os·troph′ic (ăp′ə-strŏf′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.apostrophic - of or characteristic of apostrophe; "a passage of apostrophic grandeur"
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In this sense, it is very much like the Romantic ode with its apostrophic address, which, as Jackson has suggested, gradually became the primary way of understanding poetic address over a history of lyric reading extending from J.
Not for "Lloraras"'s familiar narrative of the feminine figure as heartbreaking is it featured here--although great lyrical pleasure is taken in singing to the female apostrophic "traitor" (traicionera) and "liar" (mentirosa), which recycles the hyper-hetero-masculinity of many salsa lyrics, as discussed by Frances Aparicio in Listening to Salsa.
Again, the couplet is key, this time in the tone and diction indicated by the apostrophic "dear.
Byron, in the prefatory epistle to his satirical poem The Waltz, An Apostrophic Hymn (1813) refers to 'a d--d see-saw up-and-down sort of tune, that reminded me of the "Black Joke'.
This idea of reformative sympathy carries forward into the backgrounds of the ekphrastic "King of Rome" and the apostrophic "St.
It is animated by both contempt for others and apostrophic self-contempt.
create tension and ambiguity by allowing both narrative closure and apostrophic openness," writes the critic James A Davies in a discussion of Dylan Thomas' keynote poem in Deaths and Entrances.
This third-person narration recounts a meeting of the now mutually passionate lovers, and leads to an apostrophic address by Astrophil.
Starting (or continuing to start, or even starting to continue) with Part I, we will find that Susan's island account is produced under the weight of apostrophic address.
Here again is the stop-go pattern of early poems such as "Ode to the End"; after a magnificent invocation, stanza after stanza starts with an apostrophic push, seeking to sustain the momentum of desiring address, to "put out delight before left leaves // e'er leaving left, ghost snogging reader-less wacko.
This is not to charge the poem with a romanticized nostalgia for a golden age of Gaelic rule; on the contrary, neither apostrophic mandate to the bees nor euphemizing assertion of pity for Queen Elizabeth (see below) takes from the cataclysmic effects of the defeat of O Broin.
artifice) required to become the other, all hanging on an apostrophic hairpin.