Obedient daily dress,

You cannot always keep

That untamable young surface.

Do you call this a vocative comma? — and a vocative phrase? Is it like: “John, will you run?”

  • Yes, given the context with "you", "obedient daily dress" (skin) is being addressed. But isn't it "unfakable"?
    – TimR
    May 28, 2017 at 14:21

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The answer depends entirely on whether "obedient daily dress" is what is being addressed. Who or what is 'you'? If it's the daily dress, then you have a vocative. If not, you have an unusual word order.

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