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Apostrophe

Apostrophe (a-pos’-tro-phe): Turning one’s speech from one audience to another. Most often, apostrophe occurs when one addresses oneself to an abstraction, to an inanimate object, or to the absent.

There was a time when we had faith in you cruel Democracy!

We were naive to think that our will would prevail in a world soaked with stupidity, malice, prejudice and fear: Stupidity, Malice, Prejudice and Fear–you are the death knell of democracy’s hope. As you circle freedom’s skies tolling loudly, drowning out the sounds of love, optimism, charity and peace people look up to you, able only to hear your rumbling spite-filled proclamations.

When the peoples’ will is rotten, where do we turn to save democracy’s soul? We turn to you Democracy! To persuasion. To truth. To the light of day and the bright guiding stars of night.

Together, we shall close the abyss and pave the way toward better days: days that celebrate our faith in “we the people” and the mysterious bonds of friendship and trust that can bind us together without without tying us down: that can fulfill our need for autonomy and connectedness: my need for me and our need for us.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

Apostrophe

Apostrophe (a-pos’-tro-phe): Turning one’s speech from one audience to another. Most often, apostrophe occurs when one addresses oneself to an abstraction, to an inanimate object, or to the absent.

Everything is gone. My family and my home are swept away. I am at a loss for words. I feel sick to my stomach, but, I want to say something to the River.

Cruel River: you have taken all that I have loved.

Powerful River: you have destroyed what took a life-time to build.

Wild River: If I could dam you, you would be tamed and never again murder innocent people and wash away their homes.

But there’s only one way I can dam you and that is to damn you: to curse you, to pour out my anger and rage: rotten river, filthy river, stinking river: conveyer of mayhem, tragic heart breaking loss, and deep emotional pain: DAMN you foul waterway: DAMN you today, tomorrow and forever.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

Apostrophe

Apostrophe (a-pos’-tro-phe): Turning one’s speech from one audience to another. Most often, apostrophe occurs when one addresses oneself to an abstraction, to an inanimate object, or to the absent.

Truth.

What is your point?

To set me free?

To enslave me?

Truth.

What is your measure?

Sincerity?

Fact?

Consensus?

Authority?

Truth.

You are a belief without a conscience.

Now, you are present.

Now you are not.

Truth.

Outside of time, outside of circumstances, your invocation is a ruse; a magic trick; a catastrophe; a blinding light; a moonless, starless, skyless night.

No firmament

No ground.

No up or down.

No Truth

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

 

Apostrophe

Apostrophe (a-pos’-tro-phe): Turning one’s speech from one audience to another. Most often, apostrophe occurs when one addresses oneself to an abstraction, to an inanimate object, or to the absent.

War!

The destruction, the mayhem, the hatred, the violence, the brutality, the killing, the stench.

War!  You incinerate my hope. You nourish my fear.

War! You are the spawn of Eden. You are the Father of nations.

War! You engender solidarity. You slaughter the flock.

People, must we have enemies in order that we be friends?

War says “Yes!” Peace says “No!” History says “Yes and No.”

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

Apostrophe

Apostrophe (a-pos’-tro-phe): Turning one’s speech from one audience to another. Most often, apostrophe occurs when one addresses oneself to an abstraction, to an inanimate object, or to the absent.

Here we are dear wife, still together, still happy–still friends–still loving every minute of it after 16 years!

Time, you are definitely on our side! You have tested our love.  You have refined our love. You have made us whole. Time after time–what a great time!

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

Apostrophe

Apostrophe (a-pos’-tro-phe): Turning one’s speech from one audience to another. Most often, apostrophe occurs when one addresses oneself to an abstraction, to an inanimate object, or to the absent.

Well Mom, although you’re gone, I know you’re up there watching me–I promised you I would finish college some day, and today, I did. Thanks Mom, and thanks to all the other people in my life–from my wonderful daughter and amazing wife to the professors I had who took the time, and cared enough about me, to help me change, and even possibly save, my life.

And now, after giving thanks, it’s time ask “What’s Next?” “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?” “What are we going to do with the rest of our lives?”

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)