pathetic fallacy


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pathetic fallacy

n.
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example, angry clouds; a cruel wind.

pathetic fallacy

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in literature) the presentation of inanimate objects in nature as possessing human feelings

pathet′ic fal′lacy


n.
the endowment of nature, inanimate objects, etc., with human traits and feelings, as in the smiling skies.
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Noun1.pathetic fallacy - the fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects; `the friendly sun' is an example of the pathetic fallacy
fallacy, false belief - a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
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20) Most of them end up in psychoanalysis, made to prove another theory of traumatic omission, be it the return of the repressed (Day) or the melancholic compulsion (Auden) or the pathetic fallacy (Armstrong and Tucker).
These descriptions obviously indulge the pathetic fallacy, a hallmark of traditional nature poetry that ecopoetics has striven to rethink because of its anthropocentrism.
Seton's tendency to incorporate the pathetic fallacy into his descriptions of animals at first seems at odds with Errington's sound biological principles.
Her writing is poetic -- she thrives especially on pathetic fallacy -- and, as one might expect from someone who conceives such a memorable literary conceit as the sand fish, imaginatively vivid.
In another photograph taken by an unidentified lensman, the GDR seems to experience pathetic fallacy -- when it acquired a yellow air.
Pathetic Fallacy (the title comes from John Ruskin's dismissal of the assignment of emotion to nature) is a cardboard form riddled with piercings that sprout long tufts of horsehair.
In the end, one wonders if the Romantic cliche once denounced by theorists as pathetic fallacy ("la nature est un etat d'ame") should not be rehabilitated, mutatis mutandis, as an important component of a rising self-consciousness as European culture sails toward modernity.
Even if I wanted to a writer, knowing the difference between personification and pathetic fallacy won't help much.
There's not a great deal to see at the Maypole, though I expected some version of what the literary critics call the pathetic fallacy.
The pathetic fallacy is central to the design of Birchwood, the first tale by Banville whose style is relentlessly figurative.
For example, the role of cities as pathetic fallacy for the artist is easy to discern.