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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.]


(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


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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


also prosopopoeia
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interior second person; rhetorically, it's a form of prosopopoeia,
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:
Prosopopoeia now extends to the figure of death: in the absence of love and hope, Lucy is fast becoming reclaimed by Death, personified through a "pitiless and haughty voice" full of terrors (160).
But for the Fields, prosopopoeia is coordinated with the ekphrasis to which they committed themselves in Sight and Song.
She goes on to provide extensive readings to demonstrate this claim, detailing Plath's fissured metaphors, Rich's asymmetrical modes of address, the vexed prosopopoeia of poetry about AIDS, Graham's collapsing of likeness and lateness, and Howe's spatialized metonymies.
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?
Catachresis, prosopopoeia, and the pathetic fallacy.
Like Spenser, he often mobilizes personified abstractions, prosopopoeia, masks, or ekphrases.
Reiteration that the numbers speak for themselves: prosopopoeia
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In consistent with epitaphic writing, Wordsworth discusses the figure of personification, or prosopopoeia.
I am not sure what it means to write outside the inescapable frames of rhetoric and its constitutive repertoire of tropes--metaphor, prosopopoeia or personification and so on--except, of course, by lapsing into catachrestic forms that found their very facticity and literality on the denegated bodies of dead metaphors.