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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
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
The Great Secret?

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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
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
Only half the story.

Many have posted a translation of anthropos but ignored the second half of the word, which implies change (possibly with regard to shape).

To that end I have always taught anthropomorphism to be where anything, animate or inanimate, is ascribed an action as if it were a human in that form. So if a can of drink suddenly sprang arms and legs and grew a face it could do things an ordinary can couldn't (like run across a table).

Personification, being more specific, is a metaphor, examining the movements or characteristics of an object, and for figurative purposes, compares or describes that action to a human action or intention.

As the wind whispered in the trees - describes something a tree does as a similar human action.

The tree danced romantically in the gentle breeze - same thing.

The tree turned around and told the wind to leave it alone and then sat down with its back to the breeze in protest - anthropomorphism.


Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 14:34
Smart kid said


Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 01:08

Personification is the ascribing of LIVING characteristics to non-living objects (i.e. The stapler jumped out of my hand)
Anthropomorphism is the ascribing of HUMAN characteristics to non-human objects or beings (includes animals).
Pathetic Fallacy is the ascribing of the MAIN CHARACTER'S emotions to the surroundings. (Usually the weather and nature)

[My English teacher got a little too enthusiastic while describing this and almost hit a student. Her colleagues gave her a "Personification-safe stapler" for her birthday]

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 02:59
I Think you guys are missing something

anthropomorphism is giving human qualities to non-living objects which makes it like personification but anthropomorphism usually involves a body part; ex: finger nails, arms ect.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 04:58


Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 04:16
very helpful

this helps a lot

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 09/29/2012 - 18:41

Most of the examples here are anthropomorphism. Though it often IS used interchangeably with personification, this is a misunderstanding. Personification is when a person or anthropomorphic item or creature embodies or represents an idea or concept. For example, Father Time personifies time, Mother Nature personifies the natural world. Most of the characters in Pilgrim's Progress are personifications of traits or characteristics of human nature of temptation; i.e., Greed, Lust, etc.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 08/30/2012 - 20:22

That would be an allegory (pilgrims progress) by the way, not a personification!!

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 06:35

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