Personification and Examples of Personification in poetry pdf

Personification and examples of personification pdf! Here personification is defined with all of its examples. It is used in poetry to give a life to non living things. For Examples The mountain was singing a song.

What is Personification And Examples of Personification

Personification consists in attributing life and mind to inanimate things. ‘The mountains sing together, the hills rejoice and clap hands. It is a figure of speech which endows animals, ideas, abstractions and inanimate objects with human form, character or sensibilities. It arises from a natural tendency in man in moments of intense feeling to invest things and ideas with qualities and passions like his own. The highest degree of Personification ascribes to the objects human feelings and purposes and the distinction of gender.

As Milton says when Eve takes the forbidden fruit:

So saying, her rash hand, in evil hour.

Forth reaching to the fruit, she pluck’d, she ate;

Earth felt the wound; and Nature, from her seat,

Sighing through all her works, gave signs of woe,

That all was lost.

Shelley’s ‘Cloud’ is personification throughout:

I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers

From the seas and the streams.

Examples of Personification in  Poetry

“The icy fang

And churlish chiding of the winter’s wind.”

Shakespeare: As You Like It.

“The ground thirsts for rain.’

“Peace hath her victories.

No less renowned than war.


Roll on, thou dark and deep blue Ocean, roll.–Byron.

Keats has personified the Grecian urn as the

‘Sylvan historian, who canst thus express

A flowery tale more sweetly, than, our rhyme’

‘All the earth smiled with plenty.’

‘Necessity is the mother of invention.’