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Personification Definition

Poetry Definition of Personification

A form of poetry in which human characteristics are attributed to nonhuman things. Personification offers the poet a way to give the world life and motion by assigning familiar human behaviors and emotions to animals, inanimate objects, and abstract ideas.


Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).

THE FOG comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches 5
and then moves on.

Top 5 Personification Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem Violin George , Elaine Personificationdeath, love, rose,
Premium Member Poem Swan Ballerina Pages Dietrich, Andrea Personificationpoetess, poetry,
Premium Member Poem I am Poetry Teagan, Becca Personificationbeauty, nature, poetry,
Premium Member Poem Snowflake George , Elaine Personificationnature
Premium Member Poem Star-Crossed - For Love of Day, For Love of Night Dietrich, Andrea Personificationmay, moon,

Standard Definition

[n] the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
[n] representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
[n] a person who represents an abstract quality; "she is the personification of optimism"

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Misc. Definitions

\Per*son`i*fi*ca"tion\, n. [Cf. F. personnification.]
1. The act of personifying; impersonation; embodiment. --C. Knight.
2. (Rhet.) A figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstract idea is represented as animated, or endowed with personality; prosopop?ia; as, the floods clap their hands. ``Confusion heards his voice.'' --Milton.

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