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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A personification is a literary term, a type of metaphor in which inanimate objects or abstractions are represented as a person or with human characteristics. It can include a description in which the object is said to be human ("The tree smiled, held out its branch, and said 'Welcome  home.' "); or just have similar characteristics to a human ("The wind blowing through the tree whispered to me.") Other examples would include giving life to an abstract quality, such as Father Time, Mother Nature or The Grim Reaper; or representing something, such as a work of art, as a person.

lxin42140 | Student

Personification is one of the most commonly used poetic device in poetry, along with similes, metaphor, onomatopoeia and alliteration It is used to describe a non-living object with human thoughts,actions,sound and so on. it usually helps us to understand more of the theme and content of the poem, as well as to give us a clear picture of what the object itself is like. or you can just say that personification is used to give human traits to non-living objects which could not have those traits.

kazmig | Student

It is an art of associating qualities of life and mind to inanimate things.

The mountains sing togather

The ground thirits for rain