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Are some constellations examples?

So when looking at constellations, because they're basically referencing to figures in Greek mythology, is that an eligible example of anthropomorphism? (i.e; the Pleiades, Auriga).

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 14:51

Aren't anthropomorphism, pathetic fallacy and personification the same thing? Guide me towards the difference (if any), please!

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:56

Personification is giving a few human qualities, usually one or two
Anthropomorphism is making it completely human like. Like those veggie tales' singing vegetables. They don't just have a few qualities, they are completely human like.
pathetic fallacy is a kind of personification-it is different because it is a description rather than a verb
Personification is the dancing flowers while pathetic Fallacy would be happy flowers
hope this helped

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 17:34
Non-Human Characteristics Added to a Concept

What would be giving non-human ideas to a concept be defined as?
Personification, anthropomorphism or neither?
What would something like "let freedom ring" be defined as?
I personally don't see it fitting personification or anthropomorphism so what would it be?
It would help majorly if someone could reply.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 08:47

From Sylvia Plath's 'Tulips', would "The tulips are too excitable..." be an example of anthropomorphism?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:18
No, that would be

No, that would be personification because it is giving something non-human a human quality :)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 06:32

A good example of this is Call of The Wild by Jack London, since it gives human qualities and emotions to the main character of the book, a dog.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/24/2016 - 06:44
i am sorry for i

i am sorry for i misunderstood the term

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:48
Isn't that a living thing 'a

Isn't that a living thing 'a dog' or maybe I m confused about the literary device

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 12:43

Is objectification a technique

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 08:34
Comparing things to seasons.

I am looking at Autumn by Thomas Hood, and I have found that he compares:
- A weeping willow to Autumn
- Autumn to a human being

What would the former be?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/05/2015 - 22:37
Anthropomorphic simile

Anthropomorphic simile

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:25
Seasonal imagery

Seasonal imagery

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 12/15/2015 - 15:26

so basically personification?????

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 19:21
Opposite of anthropormorphism/personification

what would be the literary device used for a human that was being described with animalistic characteristics? i.e. "a purring, prowling quality" It does not seem correct with it being "objectification" because animals are not objects (???) Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/19/2015 - 00:56
It would be zoomorphism! :)

It would be zoomorphism! :)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 06:34
Theriomorphism is the

Theriomorphism is the opposite of anthropomorphism. It means ascribing animal traits to humans

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 12:14

what is the difference between anthropomorphism and personification? both have the same behaviour in a sentence.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:25
IMO personification is a

IMO personification is a one-time ascription of human traits, whereas anthropomorphism is a consistent ascription of particular traits.

For example, describing the sea as "angry" is personification because it merely describes the state of the sea in this particular instance. Mickey Mouse, on the other hand, is anthropomorphism because his character always has human traits. Simba from the Lion King would be another example of anthropomorphism, but in a story in which a person encountered a lion that was "sad" would be personification.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/28/2016 - 11:59
yes, what is the differance

it seems to me that they also have the same meaning

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 16:11

A lot of devices! Thank you very much! Now I need to study a million of these.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 20:46
Hey, uh...

So, what's an ANAPHORA? I'm a little at loss right now. Help is greatly welcomed. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:13

I have a dream speech uses anaphora

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:54
To clarify, Anaphora is

To clarify, Anaphora is specifically repetition of the beginning of the line.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/13/2015 - 00:47
anaphora is when you repeat

anaphora is when you repeat the beginning of a line a few times. Like using the word "and" in more than one line in a stanza.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 00:11
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Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:43


Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:24
Personification and anthropomorphism- by Balovera E Ongacho.

1. Etymologically
The etymological analysis of the two terms can help us discover the genesis of this confusion.

Anthropormophism has a Greek origin from the word
'anthropos', which mean human or person.
And as a result, Anthropomorphism is the action of
placing human characteristics to a non-human object.
Therefore, anthropomorphism can be safely be
considered the same literary device as personification. If Greek was English, we could say anthroposification.

To this end, am sure, the Greek users do use the term to mean 'anthroposification'

1. Semantically
As Noam Chomsky avers: the meaning of a word depends on the user. It grows, English language, due to this attempt of giving borrowed words new meanings.

The early authors, unfortunately, may have become semantic prisoners of the meaning of whoever borrowed the term and used it BESIDES personification and not FOR personification. I believe it is an effect of borrowing a synonymous word to the one you have in the target language then you give the borrowed word some extra semantic value to explicate a specific phenomenon under personification. They too, may be right by consensus.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 13:22
What would be the technique of this extract?

"[...]undulating heatwave of public opinion and policies"
Extract from poem 'The Callused Stick Of Wanting' by Romaine Moreton.
I think it is a similar techniques like giving qualities of a different inanimate object another inanimate object, the quality of a heatwave to the public opinion and policies. I don't know, if it exists, what the technique would be called.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 04:40

what is the opposite of personification

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:11
RE: lit


Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 01:22

Since time is a term that would have been started with creation ( because God had no beginning and has no end) wouldn't the idea of time itself be an anthropomorphism?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:00

Unless of course the universe wasn't created by a god...

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 23:14
He is

God's most definitely the Creator.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:43
Wait a minute

He did create it.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:42
it was

don't worry, God did create the universe

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:41
capital "G"

if you're referencing this world's Creator, you should has done a capital "G"

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:40
oh yes it was

the universe was absolutely, positively, created by God.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:39
That's an opinion

You have no way of knowing. None of us do. To say that you absolutely know is profoundly ignorant.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/09/2016 - 04:07

They "absolutely know" because that is what they believe, their opinion as you call it. And there is plenty of historical proof to back these beliefs. To call them "profoundly ignorant" is quite contradictory considering you state there is "no way of knowing" and "none of us do" which is very opinionated and they could call you the same. As you are certain in this belief, they are certain in theirs.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 06:15
There's no proof.

So how do we actually know he is real?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/04/2016 - 20:12
Of course

Then time, as we know it, this time around, began whenever anything slowed down below the speed of light after the Big Bang.


Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 21:56
there was no big bang

How could there have been a big bang? Where did the big bang come from? Who witnessed it? How do you know if it existed it no one was there to see it?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:45
NO !!!!

The human trait would be conceiving; i.e: time is not of itself, a human trait.
Time is not the 'idea of time'; and your 'idea of time', while being part of humanity,
is not cast upon a non-human. You seem to be casting a concept upon a concept.
Quite clever. Using a transitive relation in a non-mathematical statement.

But, G-d our father, would be personification, as is Father Time.

Time and the idea of time did not begin with creation. Time is that field (plane), which, man through duality (right-wrong, past-future, etc) casts himself. G-d does not reside in the field of time, G-d is eternal (outside of the field of time). Time and the idea of time began with the fall, when man opened duality with the knowledge of good-evil and fell into the field of time, the awareness of dualities.

Don't mistake eternal with forever. Forever is in the field of time.

Everything is the same thing only different and these words are not the ideas they represent. Don't get stuck in complexities. This is this, this is not that.

Back to the subject:

I look at personification as, anything non-human wearing a humanity suit; And,
Anthropomorphism as humanity wearing a non-human suit.

Yes, Fred Flintstone's character is an example of anthropomorphism.

tg, out

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 06:52
i'll back you up

God isn't in time. He created time foe man's benefit. God is outside of time as we know it. When God sent his son Jesus down to earth, God, in the form of a man, stepped into time, once again for our benefit.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:48
Anthropomorphism v Personification

Personification is the metaphor it is like, it does not become partially human.

Anthropomorphism the non-human becomes, is, human or partially human.

examples of Anthropomorphism:
the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland

the White Rabbit actually reads the watch. Anthropomorphism, it has the human ability.
the cat peered at the watch as if he understood the passing time. Personification


Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 02:58
"Anthro..."-ish: Do you know this OBSCURE* literary term?

I've spent hours online looking for a very specific, clearly obscure literary device that Google thinks is "Anthropomorphism."

Background: I learned the name of this literary device years ago while studying "The Scarlet Letter"--it very succinctly described Arthur Dimmesdale's A-shaped rash.

The term is similar to "Anthropomorphism" and "Pathetic Fallacy" in that an author uses it to articulate a character's personality, key traits or emotional state through physical manifestations--such as ailments (ex. Arthur Dimmesdale's adultery rash & King Lear's amoral handicaps) or physical features. I cannot, for the life of me, find it.

And so I come to you, learned forum-posters. Please, please, please:

Does anyone know the EXACT word for a character state that manifests (or is already manifested) physically in/on the character's body?

Your help is greatly needed and appreciated.

* Errant capitalization is for ease of reading, not (purposefully) wanton ignorance.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 06:43
The Unknown Word

It is possible that the word you are searching for is 'physiognomy' although this would, I do not think, constitute as being a particular literary device. However it is the closest word I can think of matching your description.

The definition of physiognomy being: "The assessment of a person's character or personality from his or her outer appearance, especially the face. The term can also refer to the general appearance of a person, object or terrain."

Hopefully this is of some help to you

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:05


Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 03:34
they are different

the examiners report from the IB higher English examining board stated this

students should:
- find out the accurate meaning of 'personification‘. It is not the same as 'anthropomorphisation‘.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 21:23

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