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Personification

Personification is when writers give human characteristics to objects, ideas or animals. It is used so frequently, especially in poetry, that it can be hard to spot at times. The wind, for example, is often described as having a human voice - it howls, or whispers, or even shouts. Personification is one of many methods writers have for writing vividly and for engaging their readers' senses.

See how well you can spot the technique by trying this English quiz.

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  1. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From 'Chain of Pearls', by Rabindranath Tagore:
  2. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From 'De Profundis', by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning uses the simile of a heart like a staff for her own heart, personified, to 'lean and rest upon'
  3. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee:
  4. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From 'April Rain Song', by Langston Hughes:
  5. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From a film review, by Stella Papamichael, of Ocean's Twelve:
    Examples of personification are found not only in poetry and the novels you study for exams -authors can use the technique in any kind of writing, like this film review
  6. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From 'On the Dark Height of Jura', by Percy Bysshe Shelley:
    In Shelley's poem, the island 'frowns', the wind 'howls', the whirlwind 'roars' and the storm has 'breath' and 'fury'
  7. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From 'Awaking in New York', by Maya Angelou:
    Maya Angelou's unusual line evokes the image of sleepy commuters hanging onto the straps of overcrowded subway trains
  8. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From 'Fall, Leaves, Fall', by Emily Bronte
  9. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck:
    'Whispering' is a human activity
  10. Find the example of personification in the following quotation.
    From 'Asleep', by Wilfred Owen

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