A pathetic fallacy is a kind of personification that gives human emotions to inanimate object. However, it is different than personification because in a pathetic fallacy, nature conforms to the will or feelings of man, while personification gives inanimate objects human-like characteristics.

Example: There has fallen a splendid tear from the passion-flower at the gate. She is coming, my dove, my dear; she is coming, my life, my fate; the red rose cries, "She is near, she is near;" and the white rose weeps, "She is late;" the larkspur listens, "I hear, I hear;" and the lily whispers, "I wait."

-In this poem, "Maud," the narrator has no one to talk to but the flowers and he imagines them responding to him while he waits for his love to come.


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