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Why does Sara Teasdale use personification when she writes, "And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn, / Would scarcely know that we were gone"?

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In this line, Sara Teasdale is saying that nature will always exist without humankind. While we may need nature to survive, nature will always exist independently of us. Teasdale uses personification in order to show the reader that nature itself is an entity. The use of the "she" pronoun for Spring also provides a contrast between nature and humanity. Teasdale uses personification to give a personality to "Spring" and to nature. Too often, humanity aims to separate itself from nature. Teasdale is providing a tangible connection between the human and the natural world. Another point to consider is that humans created the word for Spring, thus giving it an identity. By personifying Spring, Teasdale implies that nature has transcended human concerns.

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