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Can anyone identify an example of personification in the song "One Tin Soldier" by The...

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englishforever | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2009 at 1:33 PM via web

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Can anyone identify an example of personification in the song "One Tin Soldier" by The Original Caste?

In the song "One Tin Soldier" by The Original Caste I need can't seem to find an example of personification? Thank you!

http://www.ocap.ca/songs/onetinso.html

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM (Answer #1)

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The line "Now the valley cried with anger, mount your horses, draw your sword!" offers personification because it gives the valley the human qualities of "crying."

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kmieciakp | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2009 at 4:56 PM (Answer #2)

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Another phrase that might be considered personification is "one tin soldier rides away"--for a soldier made of tin is not human.  But that's a stretch, because really "one tin soldier" refers to a human, a rebel metaphorically described by the tin, not so much to a metal toy.  But wait . . . now that I think of it, that's also not exactly true, for Billy Jack (drop head, raise fist), is toyed with. 

And not to contradict but to extend--"valley cried" is also an example of what's called synecdoche, a way of speaking where the whole stands for its parts: in this case where "the valley" stands for "the people of the valley."

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