Apostrophe In Beowulf

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Oftentimes, it is best to try and understand something in relation to another similar concept. By doing so, one may find that he or she has come to comprehend what was previously unknown. Additionally, one may also discover that he or she has obtained an increased understanding of whatever was used in comparison. This occurs many times throughout literature. Many novels, short stories, and poems alike have similar messages as other pieces of literature; once they are read together as a two components of a single piece, the hidden messages and meanings become far more clear. This is the case for Percy Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” and Lord Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IV. Each poem covers similar ideas and topics because they …show more content…
The most notable literary device found in both poems is apostrophe. There is a myriad of apostrophe in each poem, it can be found in line one of Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” where the speaker calls out to the West Wind. Apostrophe continuously occurs throughout the poem as the speaker uses epithets such as “Wild Spirit” (line 13), as well as pronouns like “[t]hou” (line 15), and “thine” (line 9), in addressing the West Wind as if it were a person. In Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IV, it is used most in stanza three; here, the speaker talks about his youthful experience with the ocean and uses many pronouns commonly used with people. In Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” and Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IV, the West Wind and the ocean, respectively, are being referred to. Furthermore, once comparing the two poem’s with one another, the connection formed through apostrophe enhances the reader’s relationship to the subject matter and strengthens each poem’s message. Additionally alliteration is commonly used throughout each poem to exhibit and emphasize nature’s strength. This occurs in Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” as the speaker says “wild West Wind” (line 1) and “[t]hou dirge of the dying year” (lines 23-24); here alliteration emphasizes the words wild, dirge, and dying, all words which reflect the destructive power that the West Wind is capable of. This literary technique is used in the same fashion in Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto IV. The speaker says “deep and dark blue Ocean” (line 10) to emphasize just how vast it really is. Additionally, Byron uses alliteration in line eighteen with “unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown” to stress the capacity of the ocean’s power to render the fleet of ships null as if