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Personification & Imagery & Metaphor & eXtended Metaphor. American Literature A – Fall 2013. Personification: Make it Human. Assigning human-like qualities to non-human things. Examples: A hook shot kisses the rim, hangs there, helplessly, but doesn’t drop.

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Personification imagery metaphor extended metaphor

Personification &Imagery &Metaphor &eXtended Metaphor

American Literature A – Fall 2013

Personification make it human

Personification: Make it Human

  • Assigning human-like qualities to non-human things.

  • Examples:

    A hook shot kisses the rim, hangs there, helplessly, but doesn’t drop.

  • The run down house appeared depressed.

  • My computer throws a fit every time I try to use it.

  • The bees played hide and seek with the flowers as they buzzed from one to another.

  • While making my way to my car, it appeared to smile at me mischievously.

  • The evil tree was lurking in the shadows.

  • The avalanche devoured everything in its path.

  • I could hear Hawaii calling my name.

Imagery show don t tell

Imagery: Show, Don’t TelL

  • The use of visually descriptive words that allow the reader to picture or sense the ideas of a

  • poem. Images can also follow a pattern in a work. Also recall that imagery is not only visual,

  • but can appeal to all senses.

  • from “Preludes“ by T. S. Eliot:

  • The winter evening settles down

  • With smell of steaks in passageways.

  • Six o'clock.

  • The burnt-out ends of smoky days.

  • And now a gusty shower wraps

  • The grimy scraps

  • Of withered leaves about your feet

  • And newspapers from vacant lots;

  • The showers beat

  • On broken blinds and chimney-pots,

  • And at the corner of the street

  • A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps.

  • And then the lighting of the lamps.

Metaphor this is that

Metaphor: This is that

  • Comparison between two unlike objects; sometimes uses is/are. Sometimes sounds

  • like a false statement, until you realize the similarities between the two things being

  • compared. These would be phrases like:

  • “Time is money.”

  • “Time is a thief.”

  • “You are my sunshine.”

  • “He has a heart of stone.”

  • “America is a melting pot.”

  • "But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.“

  • "Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food.“

  • "Ice formed on the butler's upper slopes."

Extended metaphor it s longer

Extended Metaphor: It’s Longer

  • Comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of

  • sentences in a paragraph or lines in a poem.

  • from Will Ferrell’s Commencement Address to Harvard University (2003):

  • "I graduated from the University of Life. All right? I received a degree from the School

  • of Hard Knocks. And our colors were black and blue, baby. I had office hours with the

  • Dean of Bloody Noses. All right? I borrowed my class notes from Professor Knuckle

  • Sandwich and his Teaching Assistant, Ms. Fat Lip Thon Nyun. That’s the kind of

  • school I went to for real, okay?"

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