Apostrophe: A figure of speech used in literature to address someone or something that is not present, with the intent of receiving a reply, often by using personification. This term should not be confused with the apostrophe punctuation mark. Examples: 1. ³O brook! O foolish and tiresome little brook!´ cried Pearl, after listening awhile to its talk. Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2003. 162. Print. 2. ³Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord our God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!´ Norton Reader Clemens, Samuel L. ³The War Prayer.´ Prose Forms: Parables. Ed. Linda H. Peterson. New Haven: Yale University 2000. 1092. 3. ³Probably they won¶t. They will get sick. They will get ³blocked.´ They will sleep. They will oversleep. They will bug out. Hey Carlos, help!´ Norton Reader Zinsser, William. ³College Pressures.´ Education. Ed. Linda H. Peterson. New Haven: Yale University 2000.479. 4. ³O Father in Heaven,-if Thou art still my Father,-what is this being which I have brought into the world!´ Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter.New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2003. 86. Print. 5. ³See There? It¶s lunchtime anyway! So knock off the guilt trip!´ Young, Dean, and John Marshall. "Blondie."Miami Herald 12 September 2010: 1K. Print. Poem: I am not that silly little mark you may have thought Conjoining words and showing possession is not my part I am special; I let you talk to anything desired A bird, a plane, even your long lost pet crocodile With me by your side none of these need be present A reply, however, is something I can not guarantee But you can use your imagination with me, Mr. Apostrophe I have made myself a career with many writers in the past When Juliet needed her Romeo, I was called to the task Just think, without me, where would Shakespeare be? Questions: 1. 2. Which other figure of speech is often implemented while writing an apostrophe? In the poem above, an allusion is made to Shakespeare¶s Romeo and Juliet. What famous apostrophe does Juliet say towards Romeo on her balcony?