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  1. Date: 9/16/2012 4:10:00 PM
    i will have to check out your contest, but amnot too good at metaphor. They all sound cliche.

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  1. Date: 9/16/2012 9:07:00 AM
    It's so easy if they just remember never to use words like "like" or "as" Just to talk as if their object truly is that other thing it is represented by!! I hope your blog helped them, Catie.

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  1. Date: 9/15/2012 11:04:00 PM
    AT LAST. I found a website that agrees with me. HEre is the address of it: http://www.triadwriters.org/Personification.html and here is the title quote: Personification is a kind of metaphor, by which an abstraction or inanimate object is endowed with personality.

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  1. Date: 9/15/2012 10:53:00 PM
    sorry if I got things wrong the first time. Even with this definition I found below, it is still confusing to me since a rose is a rose is a rose, and a comparison is a comparison is a comparison. For me, personification remains a type of metaphor meaning a comparison of unequal things! I guess it makes for an interesting debate, and I understand what you guys are saying, but I hope you get what I was trying to say.

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  1. Date: 9/15/2012 10:43:00 PM
    catie, I like this little thing I just found online. It's called BEST answer to explain difference between metaphor and personification and I was glad I found this because I still have a doubt that I think can never be resolved: a metaphor compares a person to a thing (which may be anything, including another person) a personification compares a thing (which is not a person) to a person (which may be real or fictional)

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  1. Date: 9/14/2012 9:43:00 PM
    Personification ...a metaphor????? Houston....we have a problem! : )

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  1. Date: 9/14/2012 7:18:00 PM
    Ande, I have never seen any where that personification is metaphor. Personification is a separate literary device from metaphor. Absolute metaphor: Separated subject and vehicle. Active metaphor: New and not stablished. Complex metaphor: Multi-layered. Compound metaphor: With many parts. Dead metaphor: Normal language, no longer recognized as metaphor. Dormant metaphor: Weak connection between vehicle and subject. This is only about half of them but saw no point in listing all. Sometime back I ran across what I thought was an odd statement. That haiku uses absolute metaphor because by the time the juxtaposition takes place the original comprehension is no longer there. This is a form of absoulute metaphor and as such by definition of haiku, the haiku itself is a metaphor. I could see some form of personification, if done in the same figurative manner, it could be called a metaphoric example but the personification in itself is still only personification, not metaphor. If you will put on a few of the links you have found I would like to see what they say about the subject. This is not the first time I have run into this and as yet have not found any difinitive statement that personnification is a form of metaphor.

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  1. Date: 9/14/2012 3:24:00 PM
    catie,I certainly hope the poets here understand the difference between simile and metaphor. I have not had time to try your contest, so just speaking generally here, I kind of take exception to what you said about confusing personification with metaphor. Essentially, if one were to use personification, they would be within the rules of your contest because personification is a TYPE of metaphor. Are you saying you would not allow personification in your contest (even if it's called a type of metaphor from websites where I double checked?) Just curious where you stand on that one. Personification is my favorite type of metaphor. Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 9/14/2012 3:04:00 PM
    Metaphor (n) 1. IMPLICATED COMPARISON: The use to describe somebody or something of a word or phrase that is not meant literally but by means of a vivid comparison expresses something about him, her, or it. Eg saying that someone is a snake. 2. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE: All language that involves figures of speech or symbolism and does not literally represent real things. 3. SYMBOL: One thing used or considered to represent another. [Per the Encarta Dictionary: English (North American]. I hope that the above explanation of what a metaphor is, is acceptable, because that is my understanding as well. Thank you for a fun challenge. Love, Su

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