what is the definition of personification? and give examples

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Definition of Personification

Personification is a figurative language, giving human characteristics or qualities to non human objects, ideas, things, or animals.

Examples of Personification from Poetry

Example# 1

She sweeps with many-colored Brooms —

And leaves the Shreds behind —

Oh Housewife in the Evening West —

Come back, and dust the Pond!
(“She sweeps with many-colored brooms” by Emily Dickinson)
In the following example, Emily has used personification of sunset in the very first line and refers it as a housewife in the third line. A housewife who represents a beautiful setting sun draws attention towards daily great work mothers and wives accomplish.
Example# 2
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

(“The Cat and the Fiddle” by Mother Goose)

As you know, dishes and spoons cannot run or fly, however in this nursery rhyme, Goose has personified dish and spoon to emphasize the silliness and other-worldliness of setting of the poem, keeping in mind her audience, the children.

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