First used by John Ruskin in 1856, a kind of personification that involves the attribution of human emotions, or other human characteristics, to inanimate objects, in order to evoke a sympathy which is usually facile.
Editors. "Pathetic Fallacy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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