What follows is a model of a PowerPoint presentation on a literary device. Literary Devices Sample PowerPoint. Concept Attainment Directions. The following slide contains a series of lines quoted from well known poems. Some of the lines contain similar elements of language. Others do not.
Which element of language did all the “yes” lines of poetry contain?
They all make use of a figure of speech called apostrophe.
An apostrophe is a figure of speech in which the writer addresses an absent person, object, animal, or abstract concept.
In the lines below the use of apostrophe has been highlighted.
The poem below makes extensive use of apostrophe. Although the highlighted words indicate the direct addresses, there are indirect addresses to the moon as well.
2 descries, reveals
3 Do … ungratefulness, Do they
call ungratefulness a virtue there?
This slide should include a paragraph explaining the effect of the use of apostrophe in the preceding poem.
Apostrophe is used in this poem to extend the plaintiveness and coldness often poetically used in the description of the moon. The use of apostrophe is particularly effective because the poet asks for guidance from a cold, lifeless source. The device adds to the thoughts of solitude and despair.