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    Hi all! I was wondering if somebody would be able to tell me what the literary term for using "Oh..." in a poem or other literary medium would be. For instance: "Oh beautiful eyes, oh indirect glances".

    Any help would be muchly appreciated!
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    In speech (including plays and novels where characters are speaking), words like 'Oh', 'like', 'so', etc. are called discourse markers. These are utterances that have no real semantic content, but contribute something to the paralinguistic (non-verbal) nature of the discourse.

    If your question is to do with a poem, though, I'm not absolutely certain that would apply. I suppose they are still technically called discourse markers, but they're aim may be related to rhythm and metre, etc.
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    Either the above, or more commonly they are just used as an exclamation.
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    Do you mean 'O! blah blah blah.'? :ninja:
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    If it's direct speech in verse, it's known as apostrophe. Otherwise, I'd just call it an exclamation.

    EDIT: Also note there's a difference between "oh" and "o". "O" is what you use to address something (from the Greek vocative article), whereas "oh" is just a noise that someone makes.
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    If it's direct speech in verse, it's known as apostrophe.
    O, woe! Someone hath preempted my response.

    It depends on the context, but it's usually apostrophe (directly addressing a person or personified object/concept).
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    You both beat me to it!
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    EDIT: Also note there's a difference between "oh" and "o". "O" is what you use to address something (from the Greek vocative article), whereas "oh" is just a noise that someone makes.
    :yep: Although such traditions have long since died; this is a postmodern world (at least in literature), do what the hell you want!
 
 
 
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