Personification What word do you notice inside personification? How does this word clue you into what personification might mean?
Personification • Giving human qualities, feeling, action, or characteristics to inanimate (non-living) objects.
The Sky is Low-Emily Dickinson • THE sky is low, the clouds are mean, • A travelling flake of snow • Across a barn or through a rut • Debates if it will go. • A narrow wind complains all day • How some one treated him; • Nature, like us, is sometimes caught • Without her diadem.
What kind of words does she use to set the mood of the poem? • How does she intensify the image of an unpleasant day by using personification? • What does she compare nature to? Why does she do this?
Examples of Personification • My smile shouts, “I’m not awake yet!” • The wind whispers like a tree in the breeze. • Cars dance across the icy road. • The run down, destroyed house appeared depressed. • She did not realize that opportunity was knocking at her door. • Time flew by and before we knew it, the school day was over. • At the same time each morning, my alarm springs to life. • The fire ran wild all over town.
Verbs • Boil, Swing, Dance, Shout, Cry, Tells, Shows, Reminds, Teaches, Listens, Remembers, Brings, Looks, Dreams, Guides, Takes • Example: Candle/ Dances- • The birthday candle dances on the cake like a beautiful ballerina.