Is there a word for the literary or rhetorical device evinced in the following examples, where a count noun is capitalized into a name thereby evoking an implied mythology?
- "in the burrows of the Nightmare" (Auden, "As I Walked Out One Evening")
- "we should rush fiercely to the Exchange for our last possibility of speculation, of success, of disappointment" (Eliot, The Lifted Veil)
- "A red-nosed Fool who makes a fool of fools" (Auden, "The Door")
- "The Bad Lands and the sinister direction" (Auden, "The Crossroads")
In these examples, count nouns are capitalized. They are treated, in some sense, as the names of concrete places and things which serve as a general symbol. As another example, I might, for instance, spontaneously refer to death using the metaphorical name "Blacklands".
This device has the effect of evoking something like an implied mythology which exists beyond the text. This suggests to me that maybe you can call the device mythologizing or mythologization. But I am wondering whether there are more specific names for this phenomenon or related ones.
By the way, if anyone has any other examples, or suggestions as to how I can clarify the question or isolate the phenomenon I'm concerned with, please share them.