Personification


Definition of personification:
A figure of speech in which an animal, an object or an idea is given human form or characteristics.



Example of Personification #1:

From:

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
        Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”



Example of Personification #2:

From:
Hope is the Thing with Feathers, by Emily Dickinson

"Hope" is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all,


Example of Personification #3:


His sister stood beside them in her apron
To tell them "Supper." At the word, the saw,
As if to prove saws knew what supper meant,
Leaped out at the boy's hand, or seemed to leap 
He must have given the hand.



Personification Poem



Personification poetry:
  • Definition of personification
  • Examples of personification
  • Examples of authors using pdersonification
  • Explanation of how personification is used






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Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like personification helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of personification, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 


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Personification Video



Personification Poem


See also:    Onomatopoeia