pathetic fallacy

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the fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects

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A similar paradox shows up in Tennyson's use of the pathetic fallacy.
Nonetheless, it's eerie how "Jersey Cedars" portends miseries of the natural world akin to those borne in war, as though Ammons, like Jeremiah, the "weeping prophet," has confirmed the pathetic fallacy as "the usual condition of prophetic inspiration.
The irony of this version of the pathetic fallacy is that it can only praise nature in anthropomorphic terms.
Hardy, I seem to remember, wrote incredibly detailed descriptions of the countryside and the weather, which always seemed to reflect the mood of the book using a literary device called (rather amusingly I thought at the time) the pathetic fallacy.
The 'basics' of poetry are taught first, including metaphors, pathetic fallacy or personification - techniques that can open the subject up to boys in particular who have traditionally fallen behind girls in terms of achievement in English, right across the country.
Collage artist Schwitters, like Yurkievich, loves the pathetic fallacy.
Henry's thriving and weakening as the vines grow and wither could be seen as an extreme example of the pathetic fallacy.
Another reporter, using the pathetic fallacy quipped, "The day John Kennedy was shot, a climate of hatred enveloped Dallas.
In a section entitled "Why There's no Phallus in Pathetic Fallacy" (144), Weltman reminds us that Pathetic Fallacy in Ruskin's view is not always bad, but belongs to the second order of literature.
Pathetic fallacy is frequent ("In its dull sense of doom, the eim somehow resembled a beached whale"), as are simile ("She was swelling out of her clothes like kneaded dough rising out of its bowl"), oxymoron ("She felt so good, the way you feel only when you die"), and magical prose: "The body dimly remembered that this was precisely how it had felt billions of years earlier when it was a cell that had only just emerged from inanimate matter, in precisely this way the cell had felt exhausted from the solitude, and prepared simultaneously for death and for happiness, it had torn itself in half, remembering that instant forever and making a gift of this memory to my body.
The woman imagines the sea soothing her anxieties with childish talk, and this version of the pathetic fallacy metamorphoses in her mind into the noise of 'distant forests of peace'--a hackneyed phrase, but one which she has created to calm herself.
The final exam I gave my students at the close of the fall semester asked for the definition of pathetic fallacy, which is John Ruskin's synonym for anthropomorphism.
This rhetorical situation seems to conform with Josephine Miles's account of the reduced rhetorical power--and fallaciousness--of the pathetic fallacy in Victorian poetry, where the affinity between man and nature is based more on similarity of qualities than on the projection of subjective feelings, or "sympathy.
The title comes from France's penal code and the work suggestively expresses a pathetic fallacy, borne from the found objects' debilitating scars resulting from severe trauma inflicted upon them.
There is also what one might call allegorical reading where what we see becomes a narrative for the invisible life of the conscious--whether formed as a pathetic fallacy, a set of correspondences, or a scene of moral considerations as well as the resistance to those ways of seeing the world, a resistance to interpretation.