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also pro·so·po·poe·ia  (prə-sō′pə-pē′ə)
1. A figure of speech in which an absent or imaginary person is represented as speaking.

[Latin prosōpopoeia, from Greek prosōpopoiiā : prosōpon, face, mask, dramatic character (pros-, pros- + ōps, ōp-, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots) + poiein, to make; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˌprɒsəpəˈpiːə) or


1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) rhetoric another word for personification
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a figure of speech that represents an imaginary, absent, or dead person speaking or acting
[C16: via Latin from Greek prosōpopoiia dramatization, from prosōpon face + poiein to make]
ˌprosopoˈpoeial, ˌprosopoˈpeial adj
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(proʊˌsoʊ pəˈpi ə)

n., pl. -poe•ias.
1. personification, as of inanimate things.
2. a figure of speech in which an imaginary, absent, or deceased person is represented as speaking or acting.
[1555–65; < Latin prosōpopoeia < Greek prosōpopoiía=prósōpo(n) face, person + poi(eîn) to make + -ia -ia]
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Noun1.prosopopoeia - representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
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"Catachresis, Prosopopoeia, and the Pathetic Fallacy: the Rhetoric of Ruskin." In Poetry and Epistemology, edited by Roland Hagenbuchle and Laura Skandere.
(7) See below on this connection, as well as Gavin Alexander, "Prosopopoeia: The Speaking Figure," in Renaissance Figures of Speech, ed.
Through prosopopoeia, then, the invisible becomes visible, as in Leon Hebreo's description of honor in the Dialogos de amor.
Escobedo investigates why the medieval notion of the will and prosopopoeia continue to influence early modern literature.
As Campbell Jones has remarked in his provocative exploration of the trope of prosopopoeia in accounts of the market, blame for the 2008 crisis was swiftly displaced from systemic issues of the market to specific actions by its personnel:
"Romans 7.7-25 as a Speech-In-Character (prosopopoeia)," in Eng-berg-Pedersen 2004 [1994], 180-202.
interior second person; rhetorically, it's a form of prosopopoeia,
Although fictive prosopopoeia (mixed with the love-letter discourse) traces its roots much earlier than the Ovidian epistle addressed by Penelope to Odysseus, it is since then that Penelope has often been given the word and has been expected to speak for herself, within the realm of her mythical tradition.
And finally, among some notes jotted down in Venice in 1918, now collected in Altri taccuini, the Titian-inspired Martirio di San Lorenzo (from the church of Santa Maria Assunta detta i Gesuiti, in Venice) (10) serves as a point of departure for celebrating not only martyrdom (taken as crossing the threshold between pleasure and pain), but also patriotic music--a topical triad for D'Annunzio at this time--as well as a traditional ekphrastic prosopopoeia in which a character, depicted as a painting, begins to speak:
In an excessive use of prosopopoeia, which is one of the most prominent stylistic features of Villette, the dream is given the "mien" of an angry ghost much like the benevolent genie of True Love.
Browning's most characteristic technique is prosopopoeia, or making the dead speak, the trope employed in his dramatic monologues.
How, she asks, did these families employ literary devices (such as prosopopoeia or pastoral motifs) to establish the symbiosis of court and country and to consolidate their standing?