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Phillipp Veit's Germania (1877), a personification of Germany.
Phillipp Veit's Germania (1877), a personification of Germany.

Personification, and anthropomorphism, are figures of speech that give inanimate objects(personification)or animals(anthropomorphism) human traits and qualities. These attributes may include sensations, emotions, desires, physical gestures, expressions, and powers of speech, among others. As a figure of speech it has a very long history; its Greek name is prosopopoeia. Personification is widely used in poetry and in other art forms. Personification can also be used in English to emphasize a conversational point. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 392 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (875 × 1,336 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 392 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (875 × 1,336 pixels, file size: 1. ... Germania is a painting by Philipp Veit(1793-1877) created in March 1848. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Personification. ...


The personification of inanimate objects is very similar to the figure of speech called the pathetic fallacy; the key difference is that personification is direct and explicit in the ascription of life and sentience to the thing in question, whereas the pathetic fallacy is much broader and more allusive. Another related rhetorical device is apostrophe; this entails not speaking, about, but speaking to, a personified entity or an absent person. All these tropes should be understood as separate from anthropomorphism, which ascribes human attributes to any non-human entities, in particular to animals and other creatures. Some simple personifications are "sitting on a table" or, "the flowers were suffering from the immense heat" The pathetic fallacy or anthropomorphic fallacy is the description of inanimate natural objects in a manner that endows them with human feelings, thoughts and sensations. ... Allusion is a figure of speech, in which one refers covertly or indirectly to an object or circumstance that has occurred or existed in an external content. ... For the apostrophe as a punctuation mark, see apostrophe. ... In linguistics, trope is a rhetorical figure of speech that consists of a play on words, i. ... 7th millennium BC anthropomorphized rocks, with slits for eyes, found in modern-day Israel. ...


An example of personification can be found in John Keats's "To Autumn": the fall season is personified as "sitting careless on a granary floor" and "drowsed with the fume of poppies" (line 17). In John Donne's Holy Sonnet X, death is personified as a "slave to fate, chance, kings and desperate sucking men" (line 9). Keats grave in Rome (left). ... To Autumn is a poem written by English Romantic poet John Keats in 1819 (published 1820). ... For the Welsh courtier and diplomat, see Sir John Donne. ...


Personification is also widely used by individuals and mass media outlets when describing the actions of governments or corporations, such as "U.S. Defends Sale of Ports Company to Arab Nation" [1] or "Microsoft embarrassed one final time over SP2". [2] This use of personification is frequently employed in newspaper and magazine headlines as well as cartoons. Popular press redirects here; note that the University of Wisconsin Press publishes under the imprint The Popular Press. Mass media is a term used to denote a section of the media specifically envisioned and designed to reach a very large audience such as the population of a nation state. ... For other uses, see Corporation (disambiguation). ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... A headline is text at the top of a newspaper article, indicating the nature of the article below it. ... Britannia arm-in-arm with Uncle Sam symbolizes the British-American alliance in World War I. Germania representing Germany, from 1848. ...


References

  1. ^ Barrett, Devlin; Ted Bridis (2006-02-17). "U.S. Defends Sale of Ports Company to Arab Nation" (in English). Los Angeles Times: A22. Retrieved on 2006-07-28. 
  2. ^ Evers, Joris; Kieren McCarthy (2004-08-06). Microsoft embarrassed one final time over SP2 (English). Techworld.com. Retrieved on 2006-07-28.

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Personification - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (295 words)
Personification's treatment of inanimate objects is very similar to the figure of speech called the pathetic fallacy; the key difference is that personification is direct and explicit in the ascription of life and sentience to the thing in question, whereas the pathetic fallacy is much broader and more allusive.
Personification is also widely used by individuals and mass media outlets when describing the actions of governments or corporations.
Personification is frequently employed in media headlines and cartoons.
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