Personification

Personification: Giving human or life-like qualities to things that are not human or living.  By giving human traits and actions to nonhuman things, we can bring them to life.

Why use it? Personification will add life and action to your writing.

Examples:

From Speak: “The school bus wheezes to my corner.”

From Lord of the Flies: “…the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence”

Ex: “The guitar sang a melody that danced across the room.”

What to Try:

Try using verbs (action words) a person might do to describe a characteristic of a nonhuman thing.

Try using descriptions that apply to people on nonhuman things.

Try placing emotions on nonhuman things.

Try giving nonhuman things human desires.

Try comparing parts of nonhuman things to parts of humans.

Here is a slide show of these notes.

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