Personification is when you give human qualities or abilities to an object or animal. It is a literary tool that adds interest and fun to a poem or story. When a writer brings a non-human object to life it can help us understand better what they’re trying to say.
Common Personification Examples
- Lightning danced across the sky.
- The wind howled in the night.
- The car complained as the key was turned.
- Rita heard the last piece of pie calling her name.
- My alarm clock yells at me every morning.
- The avalanche devoured anything standing in its way.
- Traffic slowed to a crawl.
- The door protested as it opened slowly.
- My house is a friend who protects me.
- The moon played hide and seek with the clouds.
- That book was so popular, it flew off the shelves.
- My car’s headlights winked at me.
- She is so beautiful the camera loves her.
- The stairs groaned as we walked on them.
- Winter’s icy grip caused people to shudder.
- Our vacuum hums a happy tune while it cleans.
- You need to cross over at the mouth of the river.
- Time flies and waits for no one.
- My flowers were begging for water.
- The ivy wove its fingers around the fence.
- The thunder was grumbling like it was angry.
- Hail pounded the houses and streets.
- The cactus saluted those who drove past.
- The wildfire ran through the forest at an amazing speed.
- When I didn’t make the team, my dream of being a star died.
Personification in Literature
“Ah, William, we’re weary of weather,” / said the sunflowers, shining with dew. / “Our traveling habits have tired us. / Can you give us a room with a view?” – “Two Sunflowers Move into the Yellow Room”, Nancy Willard
Ten thousand (daffodils) saw I at a glance, / Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. / The waves beside them danced; but they / Out-did the sparkling waves in glee – “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, William Wordsworth
The fog comes / on little cat feet. / It sits looking / over harbor and city / on silent haunches / and then moves on. – “The Fog”, Carl Sandburg
The little dog laughed / To see such sport, / And the dish ran away with the spoon. – Nursery Rhyme
The night was creeping on the ground! / She crept and did not make a sound – “Check”, James Stephens
“And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy.” – The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
Personification in Advertising
- Oreo: Milk’s favorite cookie – Oreo
- Nothing hugs like Huggies – Huggies diapers
- Goldfish: The snack that smiles back – Goldfish snack crackers
- Kleenex says bless you – Kleenex facial tissues
- The car that cares – Kia
- Unwrap a smile – Little Debbie snack cakes
- Carvel: It’s what happy tastes like – Carvel ice cream
- What do you feed a machine with an appetite this big? – Indesit washing machine and Ariel Liquitabs, laundry detergent (UK)
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