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    a word for a type of metaphor

    what is it called when something is intangible or inanimate but you attribute human characteristics to it? i used to know but can't for the life of me think of what it is!

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    #2

    Re: a word for a type of metaphor

    personification


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    Re: a word for a type of metaphor

    I remember now--it's personification!


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    Re: a word for a type of metaphor

    Thank you!

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    #5

    Re: a word for a type of metaphor

    Quote Originally Posted by krn View Post
    I remember now--it's personification!
    And a particular variation of personification is when you give an[other] animal the thoughts/feelings/words of a person; this is "anthropomorphism" - 'Hello', says the bear to herself, 'that wasn't here last time I was doing the washing.'

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