“apostrophe is a technique in which a writer addresses an innaimate object, an idea, or a person who is either dead or absent.” Does “addresses” mean the same as “talks about” in the context?
Not quite: address = talk to.
Here is an example. Notice that the poetess is talking to all mankind:
Apostrophe to Man
(Edna St. Vincent Millay)
[i] (on reflecting that the world is ready to go to war again)
Detestable race, continue to expunge yourself, die out.
Breed faster, crowd, encroach, sing hymns, build bombing airplanes;
Make speeches, unveil statues, issue bonds, parade;
Convert again into explosives the bewildered ammonia and the distracted cellulose;
Convert again into putrescent matter drawing flies
The hopeful bodies of the young; exhort,
Pray, pull long faces, be earnest, be all but overcome, be photographed;
Confer, perfect your formulae, commercialize
Bacteria harmful to human tissue,
Put death on the market;
Breed, crowd, encroach, expand, expunge yourself, die out,
Homo called sapiens.[/i]
I would say it means “talk to”.
Oops, Sorry Mr. M. Didn’t mean to post a redundant answer. :?
Ok, I get it now. Thank you, Mr Micawber and thank you,too, Amy.