is treating abstractions or inanimate objects as human, that is, giving them human attributes, powers, or feelings. Personification is a specific kind of Metaphor
In the following poem, a mountain (Kearsarge North) and the sun are described as though they are a man and woman in love.Sunset of Kearsarge NorthAs Kearsarge kissed the evening sun,
She softly stroked his rugged brow,
Then blushed a vibrant crimson hue
Before she fled into the west.(Copyright 2008 by Douglas Twitchell)
The reader understands that the mountain is not really
kissing the sun, and that the sun is not really
blushing.See AlsoMetaphorSimileCopyright 2010 Douglas. All rights reserved. FifteenMinutesOfFiction.com has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.
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