pathetic fallacy

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the fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects

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By tracking the growing importance of detail in Ruskin's aesthetics, we elicit a logic of progression, from the theory of the ideal in the first two volumes of Modern Painters to the formulation of pathetic fallacy in the third.
Fanny is an integral part of the plot, intricately connected to both the landscape and the use of pathetic fallacy.
This latter clause is key, since it brushes another tenet of the pathetic fallacy, namely, "a systematic unknowing of the empirical world" (p.
From the pathetic fallacy, Ammons's communitarian sentiment begins in his allocation of grief.
It had turned suddenly cold, and this is true, not just the pathetic fallacy.
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.
24-44) shows in Koeppen's earlier works the clear traces of the features that mark the later works: a stringent lack of a pathetic fallacy in the narrative situation, in which melancholic and frustrated protagonists suffer from fear, pain, and sorrow; here there is no room for elegy, since a prelapsarian state of joy is inconceivable.
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.
She both employs and rejects what she considers "the pathetic fallacy with history": "I found out about divorce at around the same time that I learned that the Russians.
19), the pathetic fallacy, the origins of the interest in visual experience and the visions of travellers, shown by Ruskin and Morris, and Ruskin's revision of the sublime and the picturesque.