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Re: Anthropomorphism

Mark Twain's short story "What Stumped the Bluejays" achieves its humor through anthropomorphism. "...whatever a bluejay feels, he can put into language. And no mere commonplace language, either, but rattling, out-and-out book-talk - and bristling with metaphor, too - just bristling! And as for command of language - why you never see a bluejay get stuck for a word. ... and there's no bird, or cow, or anything that uses as good grammar as a bluejay. You may say a cat uses good grammar.


Hiya folks,

I'm doing research on anthropomorphism in literature and thought this might be a good place to ask some questions. My research is really about anthropomorphic machinery, but I thought H-Nilas folks might know a thing or two about anthropomorphic reps of nature (flora or fauna) that may be useful.