The aim of this section is to analyze the use of the stylistic device of personification and demonstrate the ingenuity with which this multifaceted device has been utilized by famous British writer Alan Alexander Milne (1882 – 1956) in his book “Winnie-the-Pooh and All, All, All,” telling us about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. Of course, there are many other literary works we could have used in the same context. Nevertheless, we have chosen this work because of its underlying elements of complexity and wisdom. As we already know, the personification is a rhetorical figure by which something not human is given a human identity. As a communicative device it is either taken for granted or dismissed as a mere convention. In literary works the sun may smile, the wind may whisper to the trees, and the shadows of the leaves may dance beautifully in the wind. Although the sun cannot smile, the leaves cannot dance without legs, and the wind cannot whisper literally, the writers apply these human characteristics and create these metaphors to describe different scenes. 1. Alan Alexander Milne “Winnie-the-Pooh and All, All, All,” Egmont, London, 2010.
2. David Matsumoto “The Cambridge Dictionary of Psychology, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2009.
3. Juan Eduardo Cirlot “A Dictionary of Symbols,” Routledge, New York, 2001.
1. Alan Alexander Milne “Winnie-the-Pooh and All, All, All,” Egmont, London, 2010.