Literary Element: Personification

By: Natalie Teran

Definition

A figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstract concept is endowed with human attributes. Non-human objects are portrayed in a way that we feel they have the ability to act like humans.

Examples

  • The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.
  • The sun glared down at me from the sky.
  • Time creeps up on you.

Examples In Literature

Scarlet Ibis

"Lightening was playing across half the sky..."



Cask of Amontillado

"My heart grew sick"



Romeo and Juliet

(Act I, Scene II)

"When well-appareled April on the heel of limping winter treads."

Works Cited


-"Engage." Personification. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.

-"Examples of Personification." Examples of Personification. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.

-"Literacy Resources, Writing Posters, Many Free Printables for Elementary and Primary Schools." Literacy Resources, Writing Posters, Many Free Printables for Elementary and Primary Schools. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.

-Shinde, Girija. Buzzle.com. Buzzle.com, 29 Dec. 2012. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.