Antiprosopopoeia: Definition & Examples

Antiprosopopoeia (etymologically derives from Greek, literally “the giving of a face”), is a figure which consists in the representation of a person or part of a human body as inanimate object or prosthetic stage property.

A Notable Example of Antiprosopopoeia

In the following poetic lines, excerpted from William Wadsworth's Daffodils, the cloud and the daffodils both refer to human beings:

  1. I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host of golden daffodils …”

    — (Gregory T. Howard, Dictionary of Rhetorical Terms)

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