pathetic fallacy


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pathetic fallacy the fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects; `the friendly sun' is an example of the pathetic fallacy
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In literature:

We have here a specifie inversion of the 'pathetic fallacy.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
It is an illusion, a pathetic fallacy.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
The pathetic fallacy has crept in here.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
The so-called "pathetic fallacy" is an excellent illustration of this.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
What did Ruskin mean by "the pathetic fallacy"?
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
This is what Ruskin calls the 'pathetic fallacy.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The excessive use of this expedient is deplored by John Ruskin in a chapter of "Modern Painters" entitled "The Pathetic Fallacy.
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
For mind is more at home with mind than with things; the pathetic fallacy is the most inevitable and most general.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
Before the sublimity of this insight, all forms of the pathetic fallacy seem cheap and artificial.
"Three Philosophical Poets" by George Santayana
He has not 'the pathetic fallacy'; but he approaches it very nearly at times.
"Critical Studies" by Ouida

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