Avast ye seadogs! Did you know pirate terms and phrases can provide fun and wisdom for modern life? As you set off on your own swashbuckling adventures, use quotes from your favorite pirate books, pirate movies, and real life pirates to keep you inspired and motivated.
Just as it does in punctuation, an apostrophe in literature often marks something that is left out. In the case of apostrophe as a literary device, the thing that’s left out is a character, place, object, or something else that is not part of the action of the story or the statement being made. It often involves a change in audience as the speaker stops talking to one person and instead addresses another, who is often absent from the story. The best way to understand apostrophe as a literary term is through examples.