Personification: The Definition and Examples of Personification


 What is Personification?

Personification is one of the figures of speech anyone will find interesting, especially as a writer. It is a literary device that addresses ideas, objects, and inanimate things as though they are human. In this case, it makes it possible for writers to give objects and ideas human attributes. 

Personification is very common in poetry, stories, and other forms of literary works. It is an interesting and common figure of speech because hardly will you see its absence in works of literature. However, it can be said that writers rely on it so much because of its uniqueness which is tied around "Giving life to a lifeless object." Another interesting thing about personification is its inner ability to differentiate the reader from the writer, and the literature students from non-literature students. In other words, when a writer uses personification, it gives the writer power over the reader because the reader is put in a working and thinking space. That is, he/she is put in a space to think critically to understand the theme of the work.  Also, it is often easy for literature students to come in contact with personification, identify it and decipher it. This is because they are familiar with such manipulation and creativity in literature. As for non-literature students, they will begin to wonder how the word 'feeling' which everyone knows as inanimate embarks on beating humans.  Interesting right!

To understand personification at its peak, we provide several personification examples and include how personification looks in poetry, sentences, and literature generally. Mind you, personification is used not only for poetry but for any other piece that needs to encompass remarkable use of words. For instance, some content writers and copywriters base their content on personification as a formula to win the heart of their targeted audience. 

Personification Examples that we use daily unconsciously

  • I feel good whenever the trees are dancing. That moment, I always love to watch moment.
  • Don’t allow that pencil to sleep on my bed
  • Life is an unpredictable soul that is so perfect at authorizing.
  • Goodness and mercy shall follow us wherever we go.
  • Why is that plate sitting on the couch that way?
  • The rain will beat the hell out of you today.
  • Electric poles are so powerful and they kill.
  • The stars are beautiful!
  • Allow these flowers to touch my heart before we leave. They have beautiful souls.
  • Failure is a pest!

Personification in Poetry

  • A few months ago, I met one of the biggest challenges

    At first, it seems to be a mirage

    Until the ooze in between my butt and my seat became sewage.

(Here, the writer speaks of the challenge she had as if it is human) Continue to read the poem here. 

  •  As a matter of fact

          The trees are weeping in the aftermath

          The sky is blue, stained, and pregnant

          And everything seems to be falling apart.

(The writer regards trees and sky as humans). Read poem here

  • Africa, My Africa 

         Your Landscape standstill among faces           of artifacts 

         And you remain aloof, standing still                 like the sky 

(The writer addresses Africa as if it is human).

When my past was young,

  • she cries suddenly and laughs like a happy day

    She would even walk up to a policeman

    And knock the hell out of his head.

(The writer regards ‘past and happy day’ as humans as she talks about her childhood). Read the poem here. 

From the above definition, explanation, and examples of personification, one will agree with the fact that personification is an interesting literary device that can be useful for different kinds of content. Starting from sentences in a class, personal works, blogs, copywriting, short stories, novels, and poetry.

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