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  • Figure in rhetoric that gives the floor to an absent person, animal or inanimate beings (nature, time). Figure introduced in speech that is a person dead, absent or feint, an inanimate thing he personifies, it does speak or act; (Rare) Speech vehement and emphatic. It is sometimes to say a dead animal, something personified. It generates a complete metamorphosis of the world, enabling better attention by the reader who has more references, thus persuaded more easily. It is a personification of the hypernym. Ex. Charles Baudelaire:

    I am the author of a pipe;

    You see, to contemplate my mine

    On Abyssinian or Cafrine,

    That my master is a heavy smoker.

    October 30, 2008